TFF official opens up on Samatta's showing at Taifa Stars

14Oct 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
TFF official opens up on Samatta's showing at Taifa Stars

TANZANIA Football Federation (TFF) Technical Director, Oscar Milambo, has said it is true that senior national squad 'Taifa Stars' skipper, Mbwana Samatta, was not in good form when the squad featured in African qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Technical Director, Oscar Milambo.

Milambo revealed that they knew it for a long time believing it would come to an end.

The statement comes just days after the attacker, who plays for Belgian club Royal Antwerp on loan, showed stellar showing in the African qualifiers' match against Benin, held in Benin, which culminated with 'Taifa Stars cruising to a vital 1-0 victory.

Milambo said Samatta was not at his level since he left Belgium and moved to England where he did not have a good stint at Aston Villa and the situation deprived him of the joy of doing his job well.

The official noted: ''In Taifa Stars' recent fixtures, skipper Mbwana Samatta was not playing at his top level, we were understanding the reasons, he had not settled down since leaving Belgium and landing in England.''

''He did not stay in an environment that would give him comfort to do his job happily, but soon he is back to his best and we have seen what he is showing at Taifa Stars,'' Milambo revealed.

At the same time, Milambo said they were pleased with Simon Msuva's level of progress and praised midfielder Dismas Novatus' efforts, disclosing the footballer has shown a high level since he was included in the national team squad.

The 1-0 win over Benin has witnessed Taifa Stars' coach Kim Poulsen breaking the team's record of success in the qualifiers.

The record is the squad's ability to collect the highest number of points in the group stage, which is the second stage of the World Cup qualifiers before the final round, which allows five national sides to represent Africa in the World Cup, a prestigious football showpiece.

In another development, the TFF Technical Director said they are planning to enable senior national team coach Kim Poulsen to have a good time preparing the team before playing DR Congo and Madagascar to seek qualification for the last round.

In the previous African qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, Taifa Stars, under Kim Poulsen, ended with a total of six points to stay third in Group C which as well consisted of Morocco, Ivory Coast, and the Gambia.

Tanzania started with a 2-0 away win over Ivory Coast, came out on top with a 2-1 win at home against the Gambia and a third match saw the team against all odds trounce Morocco 3-1 win at home.

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