Taifa Stars play Egypt in friendly

12Jun 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Taifa Stars play Egypt in friendly

SENIOR national soccer team, Taifa Stars, will be in action tomorrow when the play their first international friendly match against Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals hosts, Egypt.

Taifa Stars’ winger, Farid Mussa (R), dribbles past defender, Vincent Phillipo, in a training, which took place at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam recently. PHOTO: COURTESY OF TFF

The two teams will crash in the city of Alexandria and the match is important to Taifa Stars head coach Emmanuel Amunike as it will help him assess his players ahead of the finals which gets underway later this month.


The international friendly match will also help the players have a real feel of the assignment ahead of them.

It will as well boost the squad’s level of confidence as Egypt have the best squad assembled from players who play in many top leagues around the world.

Reports released by Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) say the team is training well and all of the players are looking forward to the international friendly match.

After the Egypt game, Stars will face Zimbabwe in another international friendly game three days later.

Taifa Stars are in Group C of the continental showdown alongside Senegal, Algeria and Kenya.

The Tanzania squad, which is competing at the AFCON finals for the first time after 38 years of absence, will start the group games against Senegal, then Kenya before completing with Algeria.

Skipper Mbwana Samatta, speaking shortly before Taifa Stars’ trip to Egypt, assured Tanzanians that the squad is ready for the finals.

"We are ready for the AFCON finals, everyone is looking forward to games, others may think that we will not do well, but the fact is that we are ready and am sure of good results,” he said.

Coach Amunike has assembled a very good side which is expected to compete and not simply making numbers.

Taifa Stars have such players like Samatta, who plays in Belgium, and Simon Msuva and Shiza Kichuya, who play in Morocco and Egypt respectively.

The team is also made up of experienced and upcoming players that include Kelvin Yondani, John Bocco, Abdi Banda, Aggrey Morris, Kelvin John and others.

The provisional squad, which is participating in final preparations for the showpiece, is made up of keepers Aishi Manula (Simba), Metacha Mnata (Mbao FC), Suleiman Salula (Malindi), and Aron Kalambo (Prisons), defenders Hassan Kessy (Nkana, Zambia) Vincent Mayombya (Mbao FC), Gadiel Michael (Yanga) and Abdi Banda (Baroka FC, South Africa).

Ally Mtoni (Lipuli FC), Mohamed Hussein (Simba), Aggrey Morris (Azam FC), Erasto Nyoni (Simba), David Mwantika (Azam FC), Claryo Boniface (National U-18 team) and Kelvin Yondani (Yanga) and midfielder Feisal Salum (Yanga) are also in the squad.

Other midfielders, Mudathir Yahya (Azam FC), Shiza Kichuya (ENPPI, Egypt), Farid Mussa (Tenerife, Spain), Simon Msuva (Difaa el Jadida, Morocco), Miraji Athuman (Lipuli FC), Fred Tangalu (Lipuli FC) Himid Mao (Petrojet, Egypt) and Frank Domayo (Azam FC).

Forwards Yahya Zayd (Ismaily, Egypt), Adi Yusuf (Blackpool, England), Kelvin John (National U-17 team), Mbwana Samatta (KRC Genk, Belgium), Thomas Ulimwengu (JS Saoura, Algeria), Shaaban Iddi (Tenerife, Spain), John Bocco (Simba) and Rashid Mandawa (BDF, Botswana) also make the list.

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