Serengeti Boys face Congo Brazzaville in a tough and tricky 2017 CAF African Youth Championships (AYC) third round, first leg qualifying match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam this afternoon.
The winner of the stage will qualify for the finals of the tournament meant for Under-17 players to be held in Madagascar next year.
To make sure that the home side win the game, the Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Nape Nnauye, announced yesterday that fans will enter into the stadium free to cheer Serengeti Boys, who if they win both legs, will be through to the finals.
The home side coach Bakari Shime predicted a tough game saying that the Congolese side was tough.
“We have prepared well to tackle them with a lot of caution. We will fight to make sure that we win with a margin at home to make the return leg match a bit easier to us,” Shime said, noting that his players were mentally and physically fit for this encounter.
The return leg will be staged in Brazzaville between September 30 and October 2.
Serengeti Boys eliminated South Africa’s Amajimbos 3-1 on aggregate in a two leg encounter to reach this stage. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg held in South Africa, Serengeti Boys recorded a 2-0 victory in second leg in Dar es Salaam to set a date with Congo Brazzaville.
On the other side, Congo-Brazzaville reached this level after seeing off Namibia on a 5-1 goal aggregate. Serengeti Boys, the only team from the East African Community zone remaining in contention for a place in next year’s AYC finals, is eager to set a record after the national senior team, Taifa Stars failed to make into the next year’s AFCON finals.