Tembo Warriors' head coach happy with impressive start

29Nov 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tembo Warriors' head coach happy with impressive start

FOLLOWING the successful start at this year's Cup of African Nations for Amputees Football (CANAF), which saw Tanzania's 'Tembo Warriors' cruise to a 2-1 victory over Morocco, the hosts' head coach, Salvatory Edward, has said that focus and preparation were the main weapons for his team's victory.

The 25 minutes of the second half were enough for Tembo Warriors to garner the victory after the first half saw them concede one goal.

The goals for Tembo Warriors were scored by the striker, Alfani Kiyanga, and skipper, Juma Kidevu, to make it 2-1 for them.

Edward noted: "In the first half we lost focus and our opponents used the opportunity and got the lead, we had to re-evaluate ourselves to see how we are going to kick off with a win during the halftime break and we ultimately won after making amends."

"But in the second half we went back and added more focus and finally equalized but overall it was good preparation as well as the dedication of the players.''

Minister for Culture, Arts, and Sports, Innocent Bashungwa, who was the guest of honour at the opening of the showdown, urged Tanzanians to be proud to host the sixth edition of the tournament in Africa, which involves people with disabilities, as it is not a mean feat.

Bashungwa stated: "It is our responsibility as a country to participate in sports involving people with disabilities while allowing them to participate in various sports which will enable Tanzania to get more athletic talent for people with disabilities."

The minister noted people should abandon superstitious beliefs to either hide or lock their relatives with disabilities, stressing people ought to give them the freedom to participate in various sports.

The minister also wished Tembo Warriors all the best in the upcoming Group A games against Sierra Leone and Uganda.

He also called upon other stakeholders to come forward and support the team, saying people with disabilities have talents that need to be nurtured.

"We wish the best for our national team, Tembo Warriors because if the team will do well it will represent us well and take the title and represent the country at the 2022 World Cup in Turkey," Bashungwa added.

The tournament, which takes place in Dar es Salaam, will end on December 5.

About eight squads from this year's edition of CANAF will compete in the 2022 World Cup finals in Turkey.

The continental level tournament will be used to pick eight teams that will represent the continent in the forthcoming World Championship to be staged in Turkey next year.

Hosts Tanzania has been put in Group A together with Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Morocco, with pundits describing it as a difficult category.

Members in Group B are Angola, Rwanda, Kenya, and Zanzibar while those in Group C are Liberia, Cameroon, Gambia, and Ethiopia.

Group D is made up of three teams, Nigeria, Ghana, and Egypt, this group as well seems to be tough.

Tanzania's national amputee football team 'Tembo Warriors' poses for a photo before featuring in the recent Cup of African Nations for Amputees Football (CANAF), which was played in Angola.


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