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Stars coach out to spy on Ivory Coast, Morocco

19th January 2013
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Taifa Stars` head coach Kim Poulsen

Taifa Stars’ head coach Kim Poulsen was yesterday expected to fly to South Africa to witness two matches of the African Cup of Nations which kicks off today.

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) information officer, Boniface Wambura, yesterday said that the coach will watch matches of Ivory Coast and Morocco.

The two countries are placed in the same group with Taifa Stars in the World Cup qualifiers for the next finals to be held in Brazil in 2014. The other country is Gambia, which is also not in the Afcon finals.

Taifa Stars will start their qualifying campaign on March 24 in Dar es Salaam when they take on Morocco before playing Ivory Coast in June.

In another development, TFF competitions director Sadi Kawemba said the use of electronic tickets in the Mainland Premier League second round will not take off as earlier expected.

TFF had announced the use of such tickets when the league kicks off again on January 26 but the exercise has now been postponed to March for lack of equipments.

Meanwhile, South Africans will officiate the African Champions League preliminary round, first leg match between Simba SC and Clube Recreation Libolo of Angola on February 17 in Dar es Salaam.

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Information Officer, Boniface Wambura, said yesterday that CAF had named the centre referee as Daniel Volgraaff and his assistants as Enock Molefe, Lindikhaya Bolo and Lwandile Mfiki. The match commissioner will be Emmanuel Lesita from Lesotho.

Wambura said the Confederation Cup match between Azam FC and Al Nasri of South Sudan will be handled by Kenyan referee Omweno Davies Ongenche with assistants Keireini Peter, Cheruiyot Gilbert and Ogwayo Antony. The commissioner of the game will be Hassan Mohamed Mohamed from Somalia.

Wambura named Tanzanians who will travel for Champions League matches as referee Orden Mbaga and assistant referees Jesse Erasmo, Hamis Chang’walu and Israel Mujuni. They will handle the match between Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and Cotton Sport of Cameroon. Suleiman Waberi from Djibouti will be match commissioner.

Tanzanian official Alfred Rwiza will be commissioner of the match between APR of Rwanda and Vital’O of Burundi to be held in Rwanda in February while Leslie Liunda will be commissioner for Tusker FC of Kenya and St. Michel of the Seychelles in March.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN