National beach soccer team drawn in tricky group

01May 2021
The Guardian Reporter
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The Guardian
National beach soccer team drawn in tricky group

TANZANIA's national beach soccer team have been drawn in Group A of this year's Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations tournament to be held in Senegal from May 23-29.

National beach soccer team.

Tanzania have been drawn in Group A ahead of the showpiece's kick off in the West Africa country.

They have been pooled alongside hosts Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo and competition's debutants Uganda.

Tanzania qualified for the continental showpiece after defeating Burundi on 12-9 aggregate in a two-legged final qualifying hurdle.

The squad is expected to play its first match against Uganda before facing Democratic Republic of Congo and five-time champions of the tournament, Senegal.

Egypt, Mozambique, Morocco and Seychelles, the other nations that set to complete the tournament, have been placed in Group B.

Before the tournament kicks off, Tanzania will play two friendly matches against Senegal.

Tanzania are moreover in the process of finding another match to identify their shortcomings and work on them quickly as their strategy is to do well in the tournament.

In the previous interview, national beach soccer team's head coach Boniface Pawasa said: ''In this tournament we are going to meet some of the toughest teams so in order for them to do better than last season, we have to make preparations that will enable us to be better to be able to compete with other greats who have qualified for these finals.''

The national beach soccer side's charges are in an intensive training camp ahead of the tournamnet with the team having been made up of experienced players.

The national beach soccer team are made up of Ahmed Juma, Adam Oseja, Eric Manyama, Daniel Mwainyekule, Roland Msonjo, Jaruph Juma, Ahmad Abdul, Kashiru Juma, Yahya Tumbo and Abdulkadir Tarib.

Others include such experienced players like Steven Mapunda, Said Morad, Ally Daud Ally, Stanley Mkomola, Hakim Mohamed, Ibrahim Ibadi, Fulgence Maganga, Benjamin Asukile, Nurdin Chona and Ismail Gambo.

This is the second time in a row that Tanzania has qualified for the finals after successfully performing well in 2018, in which the squad finished eighth in the 52 countries in Africa and the world rankings.

The host nation Senegal have won the tournament the most, five times (2008, 2009, 2013, 2016, 2018) since the tournament was founded in 2006, with South Africa being the first host nation.

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