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Libyan Newswire

Tanzania Names Crack Squad for Eagles (allAfrica.com)

Taifa Stars of Tanzania Coach, Boniface Mkwasa, has named a crack squad that will confront Nigerian Super Eagles in the September 5 Africa Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifier between Tanzania and Nigeria in Dar es Salaam.

Young Africain’s goalkeeper, Mudathir Khamis, and Azam FC’s Mwadini Ali have been left out of the Star’s squad for the Gabon 2017 AFCON qualifier.

There is also no place for Simba Sports Club’s defender, Mohamed “Tshabalala” Hussein, for the group G clash set for September 5 at the National Stadium.

Unveiling his 29-man provisional squad for the qualifier on Friday, Mkwasa voiced optimism that his boys would put their AFCON campaign back on track at the expense of Eagles.

The coach, who took charge of the Stars a few months ago, said Khamis, Mwadini and Hussein were not good enough to be in his squad for the anxiously awaited match.

There are, however, five foreign-base professional players in his squad. The players are Adi Yussuf who plays for Mansfield Town in the UK, Hassan Sembi of South Africa’s Santos FC and Mrisho Ngasa (Free State).

Others are strikers Mbwana Samata and Thomas Ulimwengu who ply their trade with TP Mazembe in DR Congo, and the Senegal-based midfielder Orgenes Mollel.

Goalkeepers in Mkwasa’s team are Ally Mustafa (Yanga), Aishi Manula (Azam FC) while defenders are Shomari Kapombe (Azam FC), Michael Aidan (Ruvu Shooting), Juma Abdul, Mwinyi Haji (Yanga) and Abdi Banda (Simba).

Central defenders are Nadir “Canavaro” Haroub, Kelvin Yondani (Yanga), Hassan Isihaka (Simba) while midfielders are Himid Mao, Frank Domayo, Mudathir Yahya (Azam FC), Salum Telela (Yanga) and Said Ndemla (Simba).

Wingers are Simon Msuva, Deus Kaseke (Yanga), Orgenes Mollel (Aspire – Senegal), Abdrahman Mbambi (Mafunzo), Ramadhan Singano, Farid Musa (Azam) and strikers are John Bocco, Ame Ally (Azam) and Rashid Mandawa (Mwadui FC).

Taifa Stars players are expected to report at their camp in Dar es Salaam on Monday, according to the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF).

They will camp in the city for nearly two weeks before heading to Istanbul, Turkey, for further residential training.

While in Turkey, the Stars will play two international friendly matches against Libya and Kuwait later this month ahead of the Nigeria showdown.

“I am optimistic that the two warm-ups against Libya and Kuwait will give my players the much needed exposure for the Nigeria match,” Mkwasa said.

Meanwhile, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi have all fallen while Kenya remains static in the latest FIFA World rankings.

Tanzania has dropped one place to 140, and Uganda which was at 73rd last month, is now 74th while Rwanda has dropped 13 places to 91st.

Taifa Stars lost its first group match 3-0 to ‘Pharaohs’ of Egypt, forcing TFF to overhaul the team’s technical bench, whereby Dutch trainer Mart Nooij was replaced with Mkwasa.

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