Stars’ preps for CHAN qualifiers will not affect PremierLeague outfits

18Jul 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Stars’ preps for CHAN qualifiers will not affect PremierLeague outfits

TANZANIA Football Federation (TFF) has dismissed fears that the senior national team ‘Taifa Stars’ preparations for the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN qualifiers will affect some of Mainland Premier League outfits’ preparations for the coming season.

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) information officer Clifford Ndimbo

On Monday, Taifa Stars interim head coach Etienne Ndayiragije named 26 players who will enter camp on Saturday to prepare for the CHAN back to back games against Kenya.

The first leg game has been slated for July 28 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam and the return leg will be played a week later in Kenya.

Of all the 26 players named by coach Ndayiragije, only youngster Kelvin John does not feature in a Mainland Premier League side.

Nearly all Premier League teams have started preparations for the 2019/2020 season which gets underway on August 23 with defending champions Simba SC facing JKT Tanzania in the league opener.

Simba that have contributed seven players in Taifa Stars squad started camp in South Africa yesterday.

Yanga are in Morogoro, Azam FC is in Rwanda competing at this year edition of Kagame Cup. Kinondoni Municipal Council (KMC) FC had also taken part in the Kagame Cup.

Simba are expected to be victims of the national team’s drills for CHAN qualifiers as players Aishi Manula, Erasto Nyoni, Gadiel Michael, Ibrahim Ajibu, John Bocco, Jonas Mkude and Hassan Dilunga are to leave the South Africa camp which is usually paid in advance and join the national team camp.

In the national team, Azam have seven players while Yanga and KMC have five and three players respectively.

After the two CHAN duels, Simba players are expected to return to their camp in South Africa and it means many players will not be with their clubs for more than two weeks.

However, TFF information officer Clifford Ndimbo on Tuesday said there will be no problem for Simba and other teams as there are days before the national team camp starts.

"They will be no problem with any team, we know that teams are preparing for the coming season, but their players will only be with the national team for few days,” he noted.

“After the national team assignment the players will return to their respective clubs, on the part of expense, I’m sure Simba SC booked go and return tickets so they will just change the dates.”

However a coach who opted for anonymity said the development will affect the outfits’ preparations.

He was of the opinion coaches whose outfits have contributed more than five players to the national team will not have enough time to prepare the players.

"Every coach has his plan for league preparations, pre-season is good as it helps the coaches plan and prepare well with all his players.”

“But in this case the coaches have to come up with alternatives so as their plans are not disturbed.”

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