Taifa Stars brace for 2021 CHAN finals in Cameroon

14Jan 2021
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Taifa Stars brace for 2021 CHAN finals in Cameroon

EXCEPTIONALLY motivated and in high spirits following the renewal of sponsorship for Tanzania's senior national soccer team, Taifa Stars, by multiple-award-winning beer brand, Serengeti Premium Lager, the squad is raring to go as it prepares to travel to Cameroon this weekend for the 2021.

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) president Wallace Karia speaks during the contract renewal between the federation and Serengeti Breweries Limited, which took place in Dar es Salaam in October, 2020. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT

Taifa Stars, who did Tanzania's soccer lovers and the sponsors proud by qualifying for CHAN last year, have pledged to further be a source of honour, distinction and pride at the championship.

The promise was buttressed by Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) secretary general, Wilfred Kidao, who was quoted by the media affirming that the federation will do its utmost to fully implement the technical crew’s programs in order to help the team excel in the competition.

And as a warm-up to the crucial showdown, Taifa Stars hosted the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s national team in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday in a duel which ended in one-all draw.

The match was intended to be the final spruce up for Taifa Stars, coached by Etienne Ndayiragije, as the side is set to travel to Younde for what is billed as the second most revered soccer extravaganza in the continent after the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The national team qualified for CHAN finals after trouncing their perennial rivals, Kenya’s national team, Harambee Stars, 4-1 in penalty shootout of the second leg of the qualifiers in Nairobi.

They had previously settled for a goalless draw in the first leg in Dar es Salaam.

The sixth edition of biennial showbiz, organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), is exclusively for players who feature in their domestic leagues.

Taifa Stars are pooled in Group D of the CHAN, pitted against Zambia, Namibia and Guinea.

The championships are slated to take place from January 16-February 7.

Commenting on the CHAN finals, Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL)'s Serengeti Premium Lager brand's Head, Anitha Msangi, wished Taifa Star’s success at the meet.

She exuded confidence that the national team would bring the prestigious trophy home, having been adequately equipped for the tournament by Serengeti Premium Lager brand.

Last year, Serengeti Premium Lager renewed the sponsorship contract for Taifa Stars, bankrolling TFF with 3bn/-, to be spent within the next three years.

Received by the soccer body, players and soccer lovers with excitement and gratitude, the renewal of the sponsorship came soon after the completion of a similar previous three-year deal that was signed in 2017.

Wallace Karia, TFF president, lauded Serengeti Lager for renewing the sponsorship, pledging to ensure that the funds were used prudently for the sole purpose of ensuring that the national team achieve international soccer glory.

The SBL Managing Director, Mark Ocitti, reiterated that the sponsorship not only demonstrated the brewer’s love for sports, especially soccer, but also considered the significant role that sports play in the empowerment of youth and in the nation’s socio-economic development...read more on https://epaper.ippmedia.com