TAIFA Stars have intensified preparations ahead of their third 2022 world cup qualifiers match versus Benin at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Thursday.
The country's flag bearers currently top their group J of the qualifiers with four points seconded by Benin who also have 4 points while DR Congo and Madagascar fill up the last two slots with 2 points and point-less respectively.
Already, Head Coach Kim Poulsen unveiled his strong 25- member squad ready for the upcoming home and away encounters against Benin with six points on standby.
His paraded brigade comprises the following players: Aishi Manula (Simba), Metacha Mnata (Polisi Tanzania), Wilbow Maseke (Azam), Ramadhan Kabwili (Young Africans), Shomari Kapombe (Simba), Israel Mwenda (Simba), Erasto Nyoni (Simba) and Dickson Job (Young Africans).
Others are Bakari Mwamnyeto (Young Africans), Kennedy Juma (Simba), Lusajo Mwaikenda (Azam), Mohammed Hussein (Simba), Edward Manyama (Azam), Nickson Kibabage (KMC) and Meshack Mwita (Kagera Sugar).
Also, the squad has Novatus Dismas (Maccabi Tel Aviv-Israel), Mzamiru Yassin (Simba), Jonas Mkude (Simba), Feisal Salum (Young Africans), John Bocco (Simba), Iddy Seleman (Azam), Abdul Hamis (Coastal Union), Mbwana Samatta (Royal Antwerp-Belgium), Reliant Lusajo (Namungo) and Simon Msuva (Wydad Casablanca-Morocco).
Simba veteran midfielder Jonas Mkude was the surprise package to many football fraternity in the country as a long time has passed in between before he was last called to join the senior team but his experience is going to add something to the selected team.
Again, Poulsen described some of the criteria they use to pick players to join the national team as their latest performance in the national team as well as how they perform in the domestic football leagues with their clubs.
He also pointed out that they have another method of selecting best players to join the senior team of recording data whereby during training and matches, a special device is won by the players which record their overall performance afterwards in terms of their work rate.
From the two qualifying matches played, Tanzania managed to produce a 1-1 away draw against DR Congo before hammering Madagascar 3-2 in their latest match at Benjamin Mkapa venue in the city.
A win over Benin will see the country's flag carriers pocketing 7 points and stay on a good path to make it into the next phase of the qualifiers.