NATIONAL Beach soccer side is full throttle to take on Burundi in the first leg of the 2021 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations (BSAFCON) qualifiers at Coco Beach in Dar es Salaam today.
The overall winner in the two legged battle will earn a chance to play in the BSAFCON finals to be played from May 23rd to 29th this year in Dakar, Senegal.
After today’s match, the two sides will meet again in the second leg clash at the same venue on Saturday to know which team will be flying to Senegal to play in the prestigious finals.
Initially, the two matches were planned to be played in Burundi and Tanzania respectively but the former requested both games to be staged in the country due to rising water levels in Burundi’s shoreline.
As such, the visitors will host today’s match while Tanzania are set to stage the next game as such, they deserve to take full use of the home ground advantage to rise in both encounters.
Speaking recently, the country’s Beach soccer coach Boniface Pawasa said all is well in his squad ahead of today’s crucial qualifying match.
“We have had ample time of preparations and time has come for the players to put in practice what they have been rehearsing. It will be a tough game but our priority is to win both games to qualify,” he said.
He added that they have already identified players who will begin the encounter and that two players who were on the injury list are now progressing well.
He then requested more fans to throng at the venue to give their team a backup as they fight to fly high the national colours and make the team one of the best on the continent.
However, Burundi are not a team to be underrated especially at this qualifying stage as they too have a competitive Beach soccer squad hungry to reach farther as far as BSAFCON is known.