Taifa Stars should not underrate Equatorial Guinea-coach

14Nov 2019
Faustine Feliciane
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Taifa Stars should not underrate Equatorial Guinea-coach

SENIOR national football team ‘Taifa Stars’ head coach, Ettiene Ndayiragije, is adamant that his squad should not underrate Equatorial Guinea that will confront the former in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers’ clash at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam tomorrow.

Senior national football team, Taifa Stars.

Ndayiragije disclosed Equatorial Guinea boast of a lot of players, who were born outside the country, therefore the players had chance to attend training in high profile academies in Europe.

The Burundian tactician added Taifa Stars do not expect to easily walk all over Equatorial Guinea and the Tanzania team, therefore, need to give their all.

"I’m grateful my players are in great shape, every player is in high spirit ahead of our clash,” he disclosed.

“We must however understand our opponents have a good team and good players, all in all we need to make the most of our home turf in this AFCON qualifiers campaign.”

He noted Tanzanians need to support their team and motivate their players with a view to seeing to it they get good results in the match, which has been slated to kick off at 7pm.

Taifa Stars’ captain, Mbwana Samatta, disclosed there is hardly an easy game on the pitch, insisting they are not ready to drop any point at the home turf as it was the case in the past AFCON qualifiers.

In the last year’s qualifiers, Taifa Stars got off to a wobbly start, given they were held to 1-1 draw with Lesotho in Dar es Salaam.

"In the previous qualifiers, we posted a draw with Lesotho at home, the draw troubled us a lot but, this time, we want to start well,” Samatta, who is also an assistant skipper at Belgium top flight side KRC Genk, noted.

Samatta noted everything is moving on well at Taifa Stars’ camp, adding the squad’s players heed to their coaches’ instructions with a view to seeing to it they come out victorious in tomorrow’s clash.

Taifa Stars have been placed in Group J of the qualifiers together with Tunisia, Libya and Equatorial Guinea.

Taifa Stars will then travel to Tunisia to take on Libya on November 19.

Taifa Stars’ players and the side’s technical bench held a clinic for Laureant International School’s pupils in the city yesterday.

The school’s pupils from 5-16 years participated in the training, which was organized by the Dar es salaam-based Afrisoccer institute.