The Tanzania national soccer team coach Kim Poulsen yesterday unveiled 30 players who will be joining a newly established second string as a standby to reinforce the senior side, Taifa Stars.
The team known as Young Taifa Stars composes a blend of old and young players who will be under constant surveillance in terms of their performance.
Players of the senior team will be gradually replaced by those from the second string depending on level of performance and prevailing circumstances like injuries and other emergencies.
Poulsen said the team is part of the Tanzania Football Federation’s long term plan launched earlier this month with an objective of football development.
The alternative team has players who have exceeded the under 20 age (Ngorongoro Heroes) and seniors who have never been appointed to join the senior national side.
“The presence of this team will be a big challenge to those selected in the senior side as they are not guaranteed to hold their positions in case of fluctuating performance. Any time a player from the Taifa Stars can be replaced by those from this alternative side depending on prevailing circumstances including poor form”, said the Danish coach.
The selected players for the alternative team are expected to open a five-day camp from May 2 in Dar es Salaam.
Players forming the team are goalkeeping trio of Aishi Manula (Azam), Hussein Shariff (Mtibwa Sugar) and Ali Mustapha (Yanga).
Defenders are Kessy Hassan (Mtibwa Sugar), Kennan Ngoma (Barnsley FC,), Himid Mao, Ismail Gambo, Waziri Salum, Samih Nuhu and David Mwantika (Azam), Miraji Adam and Emily Mgeta (Simba). Mohamed Hussein (Kagera Sugar).
Midfielders are Haruna Chanongo, Edward Christopher, William Lucian and Jonas Mkude, Abdallah Seseme and Ramadhan Singano (Simba), Mudathiri Yahya and Farid Mussa (Azam), Hassan Dilunga (Ruvu Shooting), Jimmy Shoji (JKT Ruvu) and Vincent Barnabas (Mtibwa Sugar).
Team strikers are Hussein Javu and Juma Luizio (Mtibwa Sugar), Jerome Lambele (Ashanti United), Zahoro Pazi (JKT Ruvu), Twaha Hussein (Coastal Union) and Abdallah Karihe (Azam)
Establishment of the team has greatly relieves the senior national team coach from looking for replacement as already an inventory of players is maintained.