Taifa Stars to open camp in Dar

27Jul 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Taifa Stars to open camp in Dar

TAIFA Stars coach Charles Mkwasa yesterday unveiled names of 24 players who are lined up to open a training camp in Dar es Salaam on August 1.

The five-day camp will be briefly before releasing the players for Mainland premier soccer league that kicks off on August 20.

The Mkwasa squad will be training to shape up for the African Nations Cup qualifier’s final match against Nigeria to be played in Lagos or Abuja on September 2.

Conspicuous omission in Mkwasa’s squad released yesterday include skipper Mbwana Samatta who features for Belgium’s premiership side of FC Genk and TP Mazembe’s striker Thomas Ulimwengu. The duo have been spared owing to their tight fixtures of their respective teams.

However, the stars are expected to join their colleagues during a match in Nigeria in early September after training briefly.
Coach Mkwasa said he expects the return leg to be tough as Nigeria has changed their technical staff.

Stars and Nigeria played to a barren draw last year. Both Nigeria and Stars have been bundled out of the qualifier series following Egypt’s superb performance to chalk ten points and leave the two teams outside the qualifier track.

Players named by Mkwasa to join the five-day training sessions include goalkeeping trio of Deogratius Munishi,
Aishi Manula and Benny Kakolanya.

Defenders are Kelvin Yondani,Aggrey Morris, Oscar Joshua,Mohamed Husein ‘Tshabalala’, Juma Abdul and Erasto Nyoni.
Midfielders are Himid Mao, Mohamed Ibrahim, Shiza Kichuya, Jonas Mkude, Ibrahim Jeba, Mwinyi Kazimoto, Farid Mussa, Juma Mahadhi and Hassan Kabunda.

Strikers are Simon Msuva, Joseph Mahundi, Jamal Mnyate, Ibrahim Ajib,
John Bocco and Jeremia Juma.

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