Mkwasa calls 25 for AFCON qualifier

09Mar 2016
The Guardian
Mkwasa calls 25 for AFCON qualifier

THE national soccer team coach Charles Mkwasa yesterday released a line-up of 25 players who will gear up for the African nations Cup qualifier tie against Chad to be played in Ndjamena on March 23.

Charles Boniface

The coach urged the players who have been named to form the team to practice hard at their respective clubs as there will be no more joint training camp before travelling to Ndjamena for the first leg tie.

The coach said as a result of the busy football schedule involving the clubs where the players hail from has forced him to skip joint camp due to limited time.

He said players are engaged with their respective clubs for both domestic premiership as well as CAF leagues.

The full line-up of players called by the coach include goalkeeping trio of Aishi Manula (Azam FC), Ally Mustapha (Young Africans) and Shaban Kado (Mwadui FC).

Defenders are Juma Abdul, Haji Mwinyi, Kelvin Yondani (Young Africans), Shomari Kapombe, Erasto Nyoni, David Mwantika (Azam FC) and Mohamed Hussein (Simba SC).

Midfielders are Himid Mao (Azam FC), Ismail Juma (JKU), Jonas Mkude, Said Ndemla, Mwinyi Kazimoto (Simba SC), Mohamed Ibrahim, Shiza Kichuya (Mtibwa Sugar), Farid Mussa (Azam FC), Deus Kaseke (Young Africans).

Strikers include new skipper Mbwana Samatta (KRC Genk), Thomas Ulimwengu (TP Mazembe), John Bocco (Azam FC), Elias Maguri (Stand United), Jeremia Mgunda (Tanzania Prisons) and Ibrahim Hajib (Simba SC).

Surprise recalls include Kazimoto, Kado, Kichuya and Mwamtika. Surprise omission is centre-back Nadir Haroub of Yanga who unofficially decided to announce retirement soon after Mbwana Samata was announced as a skipper to replace him in January.

Taifa Stars will be playing their fourth AFCON qualifier tie after terribly losing to Egypt in the opener played in Alexandria last June before holding Nigeria to a barren draw in Dar es Salaam last September.