Full house as foreign based players arrive for Stars’ camp

12Nov 2019
Michael Mwebe
The Guardian
Full house as foreign based players arrive for Stars’ camp

AHEAD of their 2021 Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) qualifiers’ game against Equatorial Guinea, senior national team ‘Taifa Stars’ camp is expected to be full house today with the expected arrival of foreign based players.

Senior national football team’s players, Hassan Dilunga (R), and Iddi Selemani attend the squad’s training session in Dar es Salaam yesterday. The squad is shaping up for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier’s clash with Equatorial Guinea, slated for Friday in the city. PHOTO; COURTESY OF TFF

Taifa Stars’ head coach Etienne Ndayiragije called up six foreign based players, skipper Mbwana Samatta, Simon Msuva, Eliuter Mpepo, Farid Mussa, Hassan Kessy and David Kissu.

Local based players joined camp on Saturday, however according to assistant coach, Selemani Matola, foreign based players were all expected to have reported by Monday night due to club commitments.

“All is well in our camp, we have planned daily double training sessions at the National Stadium,” Matola said.

Foreign based players will start reporting on Sunday night and we expect to have a full house by Monday night.”

Morocco-based striker, Simon Msuva, played for his outfit, Difaa el Jadida, in the Throne Cup semi-final on Saturday night.

Captain Samatta was held up by his side KRC Genk’s fixture against Gent in the Belgium premier league on Sunday.

Goalkeeper Kissu, who has earned his first call up, was in action on Sunday when his club, Gor Mahia, thrashed their rivals, AFC Leopards, 4-1.

Rules and regulations set up by world football governing body, FIFA, stipulate that clubs have an obligation to release players five days before matches on FIFA international date.

This time the date starts four days before the Taifa Stars’ game, giving the technical bench less time to assess his starting lineup.

Tanzania spent nearly 40 years failing to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals until this year when the qualified for the AFCON 2019 finals in Egypt, is now seeking back-to-back qualification.

They have been drawn in Group J together with Tunisia, Libya and Equatorial Guinea.

Taifa Stars’ qualification campaign starts by taking on Equatorial Guinea at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Fiday.

It will be the first of the qualification double-header that will also see Taifa Stars travel to Tunisia to take on Libya on November 19.

Taifa Stars squad;

Goalkeepers: Juma Kaseja (KMC FC), Metacha Mnata (Young Africans (Yanga) and David Kisu (Gor Mahia/Kenya).

Defenders; Salum Kimenya (Tanzania Prisons), Hassan Kessy (Nkana FC/Zambia), Mohamed Hussein (Simba SC), Gadiel Michael (Simba), Erasto Nyoni (Simba SC), Bakari Nondo (Coastal Union), Kelvin Yondan (Yanga) and Dickson Job (Mtibwa Sugar).

Midfielders; Jonas Mkude (Simba SC), Abdulaziz Makame (Yanga), Simon Msuva (Difaa El Jadida/Morocco), Eliuter Mpepo (Buildcon/Zambia), Iddi Suleiman (Azam), Salum Abubakar (Azam), Muzamil Yassin (Simba SC), Frank Domayo (Azam), Farid Mussa (Tenerife/Spain), Hassan Dilunga (Simba SC).

Forwards; Kelvin John (Unattached), Ayoub Lyanga (Coastal Union), Ditram Nchimbi (Police Tanzania), Shaaban Iddi (Azam), Miraji Athuman (Simba SC) Mbwana Samatta (KRC Genk/Belgium).

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