Taifa Stars play Chad in AFCON qualifier

23Mar 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Taifa Stars play Chad in AFCON qualifier

TANZANIA national soccer team, Taifa Stars are expecting to play their third African nations Cup qualifier match against hosts Chad in Ndjamena later this evening.

Taifa Stars

Stars players and officials have safely arrived in Ndjamena in separate batches. By Monday all players had arrived in Ndjamena and attended training sessions under coach Charles Boniface.

Upon arrival, coach Boniface says the three day trainings were sufficient to acclamatise with scorching heat that has been a huge hurdle for the members of the team.

However, Boniface played down the diverse weather as his players are determined to post victory on away soil for the first time in this qualifier series.

‘Players are training hard but the only what scares us is the weather which is hot and low humidity”, said Boniface.

Besides Chad, Stars are grouped with seven times winners Egypt and Nigeria. Stars have salvaged only a single point when they held visiting Nigeria to a goalless draw at the National Stadium in dare s salaam in September last year.

Before dating the Nigerians, Stars succumbed to a heartbreaking 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Egyptians in a qualifier opener played in Alexandria last June. Nigeria and Egypt are hottest contenders to win the group in the qualifiers.

While Stars are meeting Chad, Egypt and Nigeria are also battling it out with the same mission. None of the Stars players has scored a goal in the past two qualifier series and whoever scores today will be the first.

Tanzania’s export to Belgium Mbwana Samata will wear a captaincy band for the team for the first time since he was appointed by coach Boniface in January.

Samata has replaced Nadir Haroub in a move that raised concern from the football fraternity.
Chad and Stars are meeting for the third time in history as each side had won once in the past.

The first meeting was on November 11 in 2011 when Stars beat Chad by 2-1 goals in Ndjamena. Chad avenged the defeat in Dares Salaam as Stars lost by a single goal in the playoff.

Stars last successful Nations Cup qualifiers was way back in 1980 when they featured in the championship staged in Nigeria for the first time. Ever since the team has never come closer to smell the berth.

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