Mkwasa recalls Haroub to join Stars

19May 2016
Mohammed Ugasa
The Guardian
Mkwasa recalls Haroub to join Stars

TAIFA Stars coach Charles Mkwasa yesterday named Young Africans centre-back Nadir Haroub to join the provisional squad that gears up for the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers.

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Haroub who has been sidelined since the beginning of this year as a result of injury and his reluctance to join the team on grounds of alleged ‘retirement’, was named while on club duty in Angola with his Yanga team.

Haroub abruptly opted for retirement following the appointment of new skipper Mbwana Samata though he had several times denied the link.

The number of players Mkwasa named for the squad are 27 and will play a friendly international against Harambee Stars in Nairobi on May 29.

The match is a build up for the AFCON return leg qualifier against Egypt to be played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on June 4.

The players are expected to open a camp in Dar es Salaam soon as the Mainland premier soccer league comes to an end next week.

Mkwasa named the squad while accompanied by his assistant coach Hemed Morocco at the Tanzania Football Federation’s premises in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

He excluded defender Kelvin Yondani in the squad as the Young Africans player has conceded two yellow cards during Stars’ previous qualifier matches.

Players named by Mkwasa besides Haroub include goalkeeping trio of Deogratius Munishi (Young Africans), Aishi Manula (Azam FC) and Benny Kakolanya (Tanzania Prisons).

Defenders are Mwinti Haji and Juma Abdul (Young Africans), Aggrey Moris, David Mwantika and Erasto Nyoni (Azam FC), Mohammed Hussein (Simba) and Vincent Andrew (Mtibwa Sugar).

Midfielders are Himid Mao, Farid Mussa (Azam), Jonas Mkude and Mwinyi Kazimoto (Simba), Mohammed Ibrahim and Shiza Kichuya (Mtibwa Sugar), Ismail Issa (JKT Ruvu), Juma Mahadhi (Coastal Union) and Hassan Kabunda (Mwadui FC).

Strikers are Thomas Ulimwengu (TP Mazembe), Mbwana Samatta (KDC Genk), Elias Maguli (Stand United), Ibrahim Ajib (Simba), John Bocco (Azam), Deus Kaseke (Young Africans) and Jeremiah Juma (Tanzania Prisons).

Stars have a daunting task of beating Egypt by heft number of goals at home to lift their qualifier spirit as they trail in their group to both Egypt and ousted Nigeria national teams.

Nigeria have bowed out of the series after collapsing in their return leg match against Egypt played in Alexandria in March.
Nigeria will have to play their retune leg qualifier against Taifa Stars in Abuja later in September and should they win they will hit a five-point mark, which is not sufficient to win the group. '

Egypt with seven points are on pole position to sail through the qualifier berth as they only have to avoid a defeat at the hands of Taifa Stars. Stars can miraculously win the berth only if they happen to beat both Egypt and Nigeria with galore goals! Stars .

Stars should avoid tallying on points with Egypt as a head-on decision might throw them out of the berth unless they also beat Egypt by more than four goals on June 4. Egypt walloped Stars by three goals during the qualifier opener played in Alexandria in June last year.