THE national Under-17 side Serengeti Boys have been urged to use their experience to reach far in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals set in Morocco next month.
The country’s flag carriers are packed in group B together with Nigeria, Algeria and Congo- Brazzaville hence they surely need to fully be prepared before marching to the battlefield.
According to the available fixture, Serengeti Boys will begin their campaign by facing Nigeria on March 14th before hosting Algeria on March 17th while their group stage campaign will wind up versus Congo on March 20th at Moulay Hassan Stadium.
This is another golden chance for the junior players to showcase football talents they are blessed with bearing in mind that this is the most productive age in the game of football which if nurtured well, they can reach high levels.
“This happens to be the third time that Serengeti Boys have qualified to play in junior AFCON finals as such, they have gathered enough experience from their past two appearances and people want to see how far they can go. “Here, we should not use lack of experience as an excuse if the team fail to impress because featuring in two competitions of the same status is enough for them to thoroughly know the contest better,” said former Serengeti Boys coach Bakari Shime.
He added that when it comes to group stages, each team has got the ability to do well as such, the country’s envoys should just put their heads up to face whoever stand on their way.
“There is neither simple nor difficult group in group stages and what separate teams is usually the level of their preparations. I believe that Serengeti Boys will shine this time around because they have been preparing for a long time. “They are together with famous teams on the continent with enough experience of playing in Under-17 AFCON games but it should be known that we are now matured to stage a good fight mainly because this is our third time to compete,” said him.
He added that the experience has been garnered by the Tanzanian Football Federation (TFF), coaches and some players in the squad hence nothing to complain about if the team fail to impress.
“The shortfalls which emerged during the 2017 and 2019 U-20 AFCON editions should be fully resolved so as to have total confidence of making it big in Morocco,” he noted.
Commenting on the premature exit of Ngorongoro Heroes in the Under-20 AFCON finals in Mauritania, Shime said there was no need to point fingers at them since it was their first time to reach that far and have learned something useful.
“For Heroes, we cannot accuse them for failing to qualify into the quarterfinals because they fought hard to their ability and have learnt essential lessons. For now, we need to demand good results from Serengeti Boys as they make their third appearance,” said the self-proclaimed ‘Black Wizard.’