Tanzania starts preparation for game with Nigeria

Tanzania’s national football team, Taifa Stars, will move into a one-week residential training in Dar es Salaam on August 1, to prepare for their 2017 Africa Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifiers clash against Nigeria’s Super Eagles.

On Tuesday, Stars coach, Charles Boniface Mkwasa, will name the players who will form the squad for the Group G match on September 2.

Coach Mkwasa said the camp aims at preparing players psychologically and technically for the away game.

He added that Taifa Stars will then regroup for another camp at the end of August, few days before the team’s departure to Nigeria.

Mkwasa is expected to retain most of the players who featured in the previous matches in the group, but he hinted the inclusion of several new faces especially youth.

“My squad will involve majority of youth because I believe in their ability to excel,” he said, adding that he will also scout for more quality players when the Mainland Premier League starts next month.

Seven-time African champions Egypt have already qualified for the finals in Gabon after finishing top of the group on ten points.

Taifa Stars are bottom of the group with only one point, while Nigeria has two points.

After Chad’s withdrawal, the runners-up can no longer qualify as one of the two runners-up with the best records, as any groups reduced to just three teams have only the group winner qualifying for the finals and are not considered when determining the best second placed teams.

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