Seychelles in Dar ready for Serengeti Boys

25Jun 2016
Fred Ogot
The Guardian
Seychelles in Dar ready for Serengeti Boys

Seychelles national youth side arrived in the country yesterday morning ready to play Serengeti Boys in an under-17 African Championships.

Tanzania Football Federation youth development committee technical director Kim Poulsen talks to the team at the mobile firm offices in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

The teams will meet in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Under-17 qualifying first leg match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam tomorrow.

The team arrived with a contingent of 25 people including players and officials.The team trained at Karume Memorial Stadium last evening before training at the National Stadium today.

The match will be handled by Ethiopian referee Belay Tadesse Asserese assisted by linesmen Tigle Gizaw Belachew and Kinfe Yilma Kinfe, his compatriots.

Serengeti Boys have been camping in India since June 14 where they competed in a FIFA recognized championship known as International Youth Tournament 2016 (AIFF).

The teams will meet in the return leg match on July 2 in Seychelles.
Meanwhile, Serengeti Boys yesterday visited Airtel Tanzania, the sponsors of the U-17 talent scouting tournament known as Airtel Rising Stars.

The squad is formed by 10 players who are products of previous Airtel Rising Stars which has been running since 2011, featuring boys and girls aged U17 in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar regions.

Airtel Tanzania Communications Director Beatrice Singano said that Airtel is happy that the project has managed to provide the youth with an opportunity to show case their talents, hence earning a call to the U17 National Team.
“We at Airtel Tanzania feel proud to be given the opportunity to support football in Tanzania through the annual U-17 youth program.

The tournament is part of our initiative to empower the youth through football. We are grateful that our initiative has managed to produce 10 players who are featuring at the U17 National Team – Serengeti Boys current team,” she said.

They are Ramadhan Awamu (goalkeeper), Shabaan Zuberi, Cyprian Benedict and Ally Ng’anzi (midfielders), Mohammed Abdallah Gadaffi Ramadhan and Nickson Clement (defenders), Mohammed Abdallah, Dickson Job, Muhsim Malama and Yohan Oscar (strikers).