TFF allots 50 airline tickets for fans to watch Taifa Stars vs Benin

25Sep 2021
Ismail Tano
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
TFF allots 50 airline tickets for fans to watch Taifa Stars vs Benin

​​​​​​​TANZANIA Football Federation (TFF) has set aside 50 airline tickets for fans who want to jet off to Benin to witness the African Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup's clash between Taifa Stars and Benin, to be held in Cotonou next month.

Senior national soccer team 'Taifa Stars' players participate in training in Dar es Salaam recently to shape up for the 2021 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals, which took place in Cameroon. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT JUMANNE JUMA

A TFF statement said Taifa Stars will travel to Cotonou on a Tanzania Airlines (ATCL) Airbus flight for the clash to be played at General Mathieu Stadium on October 12.

The cost per person will include a return trip ticket, visa, and tests for the Coronavirus, amounting to US dollars 1,200.

The statement said the deadline for receiving payment is September 30. The traveler is required to have a valid passport.

In the previous African Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup's game, Taifa Stars notched a 3-2 win over Madagascar at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Taifa Stars consequently placed itself in a good position to occupy second place in the qualifiers' Group J.

In the game played on September 7, Taifa Stars were the first to score two goals with the opening goal notched by the defender, Erasto Nyoni, from a spot-kick in the first minute of the game.

The midfielder, Novatus Dismas, playing his second competitive fixture for Taifa Stars, went on to score the second goal.

Before the excitement was over Madagascar came from behind to equalize both goals in the first half.

Madagascar's first goal was netted by Rakoto Marimalala Njiva, who was brought in to replace a teammate, while the second goal was scored from a free-kick by Fontaine Thomas in the 45th minute of the clash. It was 2-2 at the end of the opening period.

The second half started as fast as the first half and before Madagascar was well-organized,  midfielder Feisal Salum netted for Taifa Stars to put the squad 3-2 up.

Salum calmly slotted in, finishing off a clean pass threaded by now Belgium-based forward, Mbwana Ally Samatta.

Taifa Stars' head coach, Kim Poulsen, stated after the game that he congratulates his charges for their dedication and the ability to get good results which is a boost for the squad's battle for progression to the World Cup, despite allowing two goals in the first half.

However, Poulsen said that the game is over now, and what lies ahead is better preparation for the next game against Benin, as they prepare for the rest of the games.

The Danish gaffer revealed that his main goal is to win every game regardless of whether Taifa Stars is at home or away.

Poulsen was adamant for him a player who shows the most ability and dedication is the one who will be allowed to play, he would hardly base team selection on either a player's popularity or the club he plays for.

With that victory, Taifa Stars and Benin are now tied second in Group J, with the top spot being held by DR Congo, whereas Madagascar comes last.

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