TAIFA Stars have intensified preparations ahead of their upcoming Africa Cup of Nations two crucial qualifying games against Equatorial Guinea and Libya respectively.
The team which is under the tutelage of Danish trainer Kim Poulsen conducted their second training session on Wednesday at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam as they sharpen players ahead of the important matches.
Prior to AFCON duels, Stars will be engaged in two build up matches against Harambee Stars of Kenya set to be played in Kenya on March 15th and 18th.
Briefing reporters about the progress of the camp, Poulsen said all is well in the team even though other players are yet to officially report as they have league games to play for their clubs. “Our training today (Wednesday) was focused on how to attack and defend because you need to amicably apply both things during matches.
We were also doing a lot on transition from the defence to the striking area.
“For now, we have 23 players in the squad and these are the ones expected to play the first friendly match versus Kenya on March 15th, while the other group of players will be featured in the second match on March 18th. “I believe that by then, we will have the full squad ready to go to the battlefield for the two crucial matches and our mission is to qualify for the AFCON finals,” he said.
Moreover, Poulsen reiterated that the current number of players he has in his team is a good balance and that all of them are working hard to shine in the forthcoming duels.
Packed in group J, from four matches, Tanzania have garnered four points hence they surely need to win both of their remaining fixtures to stand a good chance of sneaking into the finals. The table toppers are Tunisia, who have maximised ten points from their four matches and have already qualified to play in the AFCON finals, while Equatorial Guinea are second with six points in their bag.
Sitting bottom of the table are Libya, who have bagged three points from four games and their last game will be against Taifa Stars at the giant Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.
In general, the chances for the country’s flag bearers to shine in the contest are big and it will begin with their critical away encounter versus Equatorial Guinea, where a win will be a boost for them.