Stars, Harambee meet in friendly match

29May 2016
Our Reporter
Guardian On Sunday
Stars, Harambee meet in friendly match

TANZANIA national soccer team, Taifa Stars, polish up their pace in the run for a place in the Afcon finals by playing a friendly match against Kenya’s Harambee Stars in Nairobi today.

Taifa Stars train at the Toyoyo grounds in Nairobi yesterday

Taifa Stars are scheduled to play tough 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying matches against African giants Egypt and Nigeria.

The friendly is crucial for the two teams as it will drill players of both sides in preparation for their tough continental ties.

Apart from drilling players, the match will give coaches opportunities to take note of weaknesses in the teams.

While Taifa Stars are third behind leaders Egypt and Nigeria with one point, they are goalless while they have thrice allowed the ball behind the net.

Egypt are in pole position with seven points, five goals for and one against. Second-placed Nigeria have two points, and have scored one goal and conceded two.

Taifa Stars trained by Charles Boniface Mkwasa host Egypt on June 4 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, a match that will decide Tanzania’s fate in the race for the Afcon ticket.

Kenya’s Harambee Stars who are bottom-placed in their Group E, have only notched one point after playing four matches, with no win, three losses and a draw.
Guinea Bissau, who lead the group have collected seven points from two wins, one draw and a loss. Congo are second are second with six points while Zambia also with six points are standing third.

Kenya and Tanzania have met five times recently and the two countries have equaled in the number of wins, draws and losses. Tanzania has won twice, drew once and lost twice, the same as Kenya’s Harambee Stars.

Taifa Stars won 1-0 in their last friendly held at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza in 2013. Harambe Stars won 2-1 in 2009 while Taifa Stars won their 2007 encounter 2-1.
The worst defeat from Kenyans was in 2003 when Stars suffered a 3-0 loss.