Samatta misses flight, Egypt arrive

02Jun 2016
Mohammed Ugasa
The Guardian
Samatta misses flight, Egypt arrive

TANZANIA football icon Mbwana Samatta who is based in Belgium, has unfortunately missed a flight that would have brought him in Dar es Salaam early yesterday morning.

Mbwana samatta

Taifa Stars coach Charles Mkwasa confirmed of Samatta’s flight missing as Tanzania Football Federation is in hectic mission to organise a quick reservations for the talismanic Stars’ striker.

The next available flight for Samatta is either early today or late in the evening making him unavailable for full training sessions, or short spell joint training.

Stars players have been training without the star who is highly indispensable to lead the team’s onslaught against Egyptians on Saturday.

No details were given on how Samatta missed the priceless flight that ignited phobia for the football federation as well as home fans.

In related development, Egypt national soccer team popularly known as the Pharaohs, arrived safely in Dar es Salaam yesterday morning ahead of the African Nations Cup qualifier return leg against Taifa Stars on Saturday.

Unlike in their previous visits, the Pharaohs have heralded a serious bid to win the Saturday match and wind up the qualifier business before making preparations for the Gabon continental platform.

To showcase intent, the Egyptians arrived with a contingent comprising 60 people on board their own flight.
To complicate matters, another contingent with 80 fans is expected to arrive tomorrow as they consolidate cheering base the terraces of the National Stadium during the encounter.

Egypt are in pole position to sail through the qualifier berth after scooping seven points to their collection kit, having played three matches.

The match in Dar es Salaam is the final for them and should they win they will wind up business for the three-team group G that include Nigeria. Victory means they will attain unassailable number of points leaving Tanzania to search for the useless second spot, and this will only be achieved if they beat ousted Nigeria later in September.

Stars have an uphill task to beat the visitors by a huge margin if they are to revive hopes of making the qualifier berth for the first time since 1980.

A victory for Stars should by any means exceed four goals as the Tanzania national soccer team lost by massive 3-0 goals in the qualifier’s opener played in Alexandria almost a year ago.

Nigeria with two points to their collection, have a ceiling of five if they win a home leg against visiting Tanzania in September.

Tanzania whose coach Charles Mkwasa ended their build up match against Kenya over the weekend ahead of facing Egypt, gear up for an outright victory to please their fans. It will be the first time Tanzania beating Egypt in a competitive fixture at home.

Mkwasa said victory over the Egyptians is certain but declined to unveil the margin.