Ndayiragije: Taifa Stars now improving

26Jan 2021
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Ndayiragije: Taifa Stars now improving

TANZANIA's national football team's head coach Etienne Ndayiragije has explained his satisfaction at seeing the team gain confidence in every game they play in the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Senior national soccer team 'Taifa Stars' players celebrate a goal netted by winger Farid Mussa in this year's African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals' game between the squad and Namibia which took place in Limbe, Cameroon last weekend. Namibia lost 1-0 to Taifa Stars. PHOTO: COURTESY OF TFF

The coach noted the situation will help them build fighting spirit ahead of their crucial do or die battle with Guinea.

Taifa Stars revived their chances of qualifying to the quarterfinals of the competition for the first time following Saturday’s 1-0 victory over the Brave Warriors of Namibia.

Taifa Stars would have been eliminated from the competition, had they suffered a defeat in the Group D match in Limbe, but they were rescued by a second half strike by Farid Mussa to register their first three points.

The results means both Zambia and Guinea maintain their places at the top of the group with four points apiece while Taifa Stars retain their third place. Namibia have no points after two matches and they have thus been eliminated.

Tanzania travel to the Stade de la Réunification in Douala to face Guinea on Wednesday in their last group stage game they must win to progress on head-to-head rule used by the Confederation of African Football, (CAF).

Despite criticism of Taifa Stars performance in the two games, Ndayiragije maintains things are heading in the right direction overall.

He disclosed: “The two games are different. My team is growing  with the competition. We are looking at building the fighting spirit and getting three points in our games.''

''We were shaky and tense in our first game. I don’t think the Zambia match was harder than this one. This game was a tough one to win.”

Ndayiragije was coy to reveal his tactical plan ahead of the Guinea game, saying he would rather wait and see after his charges have recovered from the physically taxing battle with Namibia.

He said: “I will like to see what will happen after our recovery sessions on Sunday. I don’t want to disclose my plan for the Guinea game. We want to qualify.''

In a related development, Taifa Stars, who failed to make it out of the group in their debut appearance in Ivory Coast in 2009, will miss the service of veteran utility performer Erasto Nyoni...read more on https://epaper.ippmedia.com

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