TAIFA Stars veteran goalkeeper Juma Kaseja has expressed his high hopes to stamp victory in their Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) opener against Zambia tomorrow.
The two neighbouring countries meet at Limbe Omnisport Stadium in Cameroon tomorrow to officially begin their mission of hunting the prestigious CHAN title with 16 teams in contention.
Tanzania are packed in group D alongside Namibia and Guinea of which, the best top two teams from the group will earn a passport to venture into the quarterfinals.
But, speaking via a telephone interview from Cameroon over the weekend, Kaseja narrated that from the determination being shown by players, there is nothing to hold them back from winning their first match of the tournament.
“As the day to our first match approaches, mentality of players is growing and are all eager to feel the glimpse of playing in such high profile football contest on the continent. “I believe that we are better poised to begin the competition positively by winning our encounter against Zambia which will help us a lot to boost our confidence prior to the follow up matches,” he said.
He added that he as one of the senior players in the squad has urged the young players to feel proud of fighting for their country and take each game seriously bearing in mind that this is their moment to shine.
“The competition is here and they need to prove to people that they can do it and I strongly trust in them to do the commendable job for our nation. “We just need to give them full backing and always aim to win the first game which will surely provide the way forward as far as the entire contest is concerned,” said Kaseja.
He further narrated that the main task for them (senior players) is to provide guidance to the young ones and make them know the value of wearing national team jersey.
“Aside from working for the country, they are also building their football careers because it is their life. With this mixture of old and young players in the team, I strongly believe that the squad will perform well,” narrated Juma who did a commendable task in between poles to take Stars this far.
Recently, the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Media and Communications Officer Clifford Ndimbo who accompanied the team in Cameroon also was full of hope that the country’s envoys will shine.