Taifa Stars coach Dutchman Mart Nooij

Taifa Stars coach Dutchman Mart Nooij

The Stars are currently camping in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ahead of their AFCON qualifying match against the ?Pharaohs? scheduled to take place at the Borg El Arab in Alexandria, Egypt on Sunday.

Speaking after four days of hard work in the Horn of Africa, Nooij said he has been training with the full complement of his squad and expressed satisfaction on the way things went.

The Dutch trainer said the players are adapting well to his instructions and that the team is now playing a fast passing game. He said the morale in the camp is high ahead of the upcoming game.

While lauding the discipline in the camp, Nooij said the players recognise the importance of the game and have vowed to give nothing but their best during Sunday?s showdown.

?Nothing is impossible in football, we have prepared well, I hope we?ll do well in Egypt and make the Tanzanians happy,? said Nooij, who prayed for a clean bill of health going into the match.

The squad in Addis Ababa: Goalkeepers: Deogratias Munish, Aishi Manula and Mwadini Ali. Defenders: Shomari Kapombe, Oscar Joshua, Erasto Nyoni, Nadir Haroub, Aggrey Morris, Mwinyi Haji, Salum Mbonde and Juma Abdul. Midfielders: Mwinyi Kazimoto, Abdi Banda, Salum Telela, Frank Domayo, Jonas Mkude and Said Ndemla.

Forwards: Simon Msuva, John Bocco, Thomas Ulimwengu, Mbwana Samatta, Mrisho Ngassa and Juma Luizio. Taifa Stars, who last qualified for the AFCON finals back in 1980, have been drawn in Group G of the 2017 qualifiers along with Nigeria, Egypt and Chad.

The Stars will head to Alexandria on Friday ready for the Pharaohs encounter that will be staged behind closed doors. Egyptian football games in recent months have been engulfed with consecutive violent incidents between soccer fans and police.

Egypt started their closed training camp in Alexandria on Saturday morning and were expected to play a build-up game against Malawi last night.

The Egyptian national team coach Hector Cuper, meanwhile, has called up Zamalek and Ahly players to complete the Pharaohs? squad for the upcoming tie against Tanzania.

The Pharaohs? coach delayed calling up Ahly and Zamalek players until they finished their participation in the second leg games of the CAF Confederation Cup round of 16. Ahly and Zamalek reached the CAF Confederation Cup group stage on Sunday after beating Tunisian side Club Africain and Sanga Balende of DR Congo respectively.

The Argentine Cuper called up eight Zamalek players: Ahmed El-Shennawy, Omar Gaber, Hazem Emam, Ali Gabr, Ibrahim Salah, Ahmed Tawfik, Mostafa Fathi and Bassem Morsi. Only two players from Ahly, who are still in Tunisia, will join the Egyptian team camp.

They are Saad Samir and Ramadan Sobhi. The Egyptian team has been out of action since November when they failed to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations under former coach Shawky Gharib. They have only played a friendly match in March, weeks after Cuper?s appointment, defeating Equatorial Guinea 2-0.

Source Tanzania Daily News


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