Mkwasa unveils squad for international friendly

30Sep 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Mkwasa unveils squad for international friendly

TAIFA Stars coach Charles Mkwasa yesterday named 24 players who will join an ad hoc training camp in Dar es Salaam on Sunday ahead of international friendly against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on October 8.

Charles Mkwasa

The friendly international that came out of the blues, has just been squeezed in when the Mainland premier soccer league season is just about to peak. However, the match falls under FIFA dates whose results are crucial for ranking.

Tanzania is ranked 132 on global platform as the rankings have been tumbling in triple digit figures for long spells.

The selected players will train at the Tanzania Football Federation’s Karume Memorial venue and elsewhere before boarding a flight to the Ethiopian capital.

Players lined up for the tip include Young Africans first choice goalie Deogratius Munishi who is struggling to come to terms for a loss of his dad early this month.Two other goalkeepers to join Munishi are Azam’s Aishi Manula and JKT Ruvu’s Said Kipao.

Defenders opted by Mkwasa and their teams in bracket include Shomari Kapombe and David Mwantika (Azam FC), Juma Abdul, Vicente Andrew, Mwinyi Haji (Young Africans), Mohamed Hussein (Simba SC) and Tanzania Prisons’ James Josephat.

Midfielders are Himid Mao Azam FC and Simba trio of Mohammed Ibrahim, Jonas Mkude and Muzamir Yassin.

Attacking midfielders are Simba duo of Shiza Kichuya and Jamal Mnyate, Simon Msuva, Juma Mahadhi (Young Africans) and Mwadui FC’s Hassan Kabunda.

Strikers are Ibrahim Ajib (Simba SC),John Bocco (Azam FC), Mbwana Samatta (CK Genk of Belgium, Elius Maguli (Oman) and Thomas Ulimwengu (TP Mazembe).

The last time Taifa Stars played an international match was against Nigeria early this month when they crashed to a lone goal defeat to conclude African Nations Cup qualifiers.