Keep it up our Serengeti Boys

04Jul 2016
The Guardian
Keep it up our Serengeti Boys

THE country’s football fans have certainly been excited by the recent feat of Serengeti Boys’ progression into the second round of the African Nations Cup qualifiers at the expense of their Seychelles counterparts.

The Tanzanian boys advanced after a resounding 9-0 goals aggregate to book their second round tie against South Africa.

It has been a wonderful week for the Tanzanian boys having comprehensively won both legs with remarkable feat.

Coach Bakari Shime and technician Kim Poulsen deserve pat on their backs for leading the boys into the second round of the qualifier series. However, the boys are the ones who actually deserve a huge share of thanks and appreciations after sweating it out the big way.

Dispatching Seychelles calls or more work ahead as the Tanzanian boys now face a relatively strong side, South Africa. By contrast, Seychelles were not a strong side in terms of prowess when matched with the Serengeti Boys.

However, this comparison did not just come from the dreams. The boys worked hard to attain this kind of a feat that never used to be.

While the team and the Tanzania Football Federation officials beam with confidence and wide smiles, a job has to be done ahead as the second round of the qualifiers looms against the boys from South Africa. The qualifiers get tough as team advances to the subsequent rounds.

Winning in both legs will not be easy again when the Serengeti Boys comes head to head with their South Africa counterparts.

Beating the team might be an easy task in one of the two legs but the bottom line here is not only winning a leg, but advancing to the qualifier’s berth in Madagascar next year.

Playing at the continental platform in Madagascar will not be an easy task, though it can be accomplished as long as the boys are determined through support from both the federation as well as the public.

Besides making preparations ahead of the qualifier series, some technical aspects have to be monitored, particularly the question of age. The tournament is based on players who have not passed over the age of 17.

Lest we do not forget what happened to a team of the same age that qualified to the continental berth in 2007, only to be disqualified after being found guilty of fielding an over-aged player in the qualifier series.

It was a massive blow as Tanzania suffered a humiliating three-year ban.

While we believe that this predicament has been thoroughly worked out, we are now focusing on supporting the players for their mission to be successfully accomplished.

However, other self defeats aspects like players’ upkeeps have also to be taken into consideration. We must remember that these are young boys who need motivation in the most tender way.

It is openly known that TFF is indebted but this situation should not extend to disappoint the boys who are now looking to be in great shape and make an impact in continental football platform.

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