Can Poulsen revive the old magic?

23Feb 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Can Poulsen revive the old magic?

RECENTLY, there was a distinctly discernible stir in domestic football when it emerged that our old friend, the Dane Kim Poulsen, has been reemployed as the Taifa Stars’ head coach.

Kim Poulsen

This major development followed an underwhelming and disappointing African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals campaign, which predictably led to the ouster of the former Stars’ head coach, the Burundian Etienne Ndayiragije.

As he is no stranger to our domestic football patch, Kim Poulsen ought to find it infinitely easier than a newcomer would do to ease into the saddle and meet the ambitious requirements of the weighty task at hand that he has been entrusted with once again.

Obviously, the Dane’s first order of business will be to ensure that the Taifa Stars successfully advance to the 2021 AFCON finals.

Indeed, where this particular quest is concerned, Poulsen faces a daunting and hefty task on his hands.

In the 2021 AFCON Qualifiers, the Taifa Stars are precariously sitting in third place in Group J, having riskily collected merely four points from as many games.

So, it is patently obvious that the Dane faces a herculean task to turn around the Stars’ faltering 2021 AFCON finals qualifying campaign.

And, in this hopefully successful endeavour, this writer would like to wish Kim Poulsen the very best of good fortune because it is likely that he will need it.

From matters Tanzanian football, let us segue nicely now to wheelchair tennis where earlier this week on Tuesday, a certain South African heroine, Kgothatso Montjane, impeccably finished as the runner-up alongside her partner in the Australian Open women’s wheelchair tennis doubles championship.

Indeed, the significance of Montjane’s exceptional feat rests on this very fact, the Australian Open is traditionally the first Grand Slam of every year.

To those still scratching their heads in wonderment over the significance of Grand Slams in tennis, well, they are the most coveted and most immensely prized trophies in tennis.

You see, there are four Grand Slam championships every year and these are, the Australian Open, Wimbledon, the French Open and the US Open, which traditionally is always held towards the end of the year.

Thus, for the women’s wheelchair tennis star Kgothatso Montjane to finish as the runner-up alongside her partner in the Australian Open women’s wheelchair tennis doubles event is no mean feat.

In fact, it is a sterling achievement which should be celebrated to the hilt and further assures Montjane’s stature as a tennis great par excellence.

In addition, it is hoped that Montjane’s extraordinary accomplishment will serve fittingly as a beacon of hope to other wheelchair tennis players not just here on home soil but indeed across the span of the continent that they, too, can climb painstakingly to the summit of the sport.

Indeed, a wise sage once said to me: ‘’hard work plus determination equals success.’’ And, truly they do.

As this sporting narrative eases into its home stretch, Dear Reader, I would like to heartily commend Simba SC for kicking off their CAF Champions League group stage campaign in thrilling and grand fashion.

Earning a 1-0 triumph over AS Vita Club of the DR Congo in Simba's opening group stage clash was an impressive accomplishment that sets the tone for their campaign in continental football’s most exalted tournament.

Lest it be forgotten, AS Vita Club of the DR Congo are no pushovers.

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