Big guns fortify Taifa Stars

Big guns fortify Taifa Stars

HIMID Mao and Salum Abubakar 'Sure Boy' are among the experienced new faces called in the Taifa Stars squad to travel to Niamey for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Niger on June 4th this year.

The squad is expected to fly to Nigerian capital, Niamey on May 28th this year.

A reshaped squad of 28-players was unveiled on Friday by the team's Assistant Coach Shadrack Nsajigwa who insisted that the called squad has potential to perform well in the qualifiers and make it to the AFCON finals in Ivory Coast next year.

Those who have been axed from the latest squad but were included in the past contingent called for two friendly matches are Jonas Mkude (Simba), Zawadi Mauya (Young Africans), Tepsi Evans (Azam), Abdulrazack Hamza (Namungo) and Lusajo Mwaikenda (Azam).

The full list of the players with their clubs in brackets are Aishi Manula (Simba), Metacha Mnata (Polisi Tanzania), Abutwalib Mshery (Yanga), Shomari Kapombe (Simba), Kibwana Shomari (Yanga) Haji Mnoga (Weymouth-England) and Dickson Job (Yanga).

Others are Bakari Mwamnyeto (Yanga), Kennedy Juma (Simba), Abdallah Salum (Azam), Mohamed Hussein (Simba), Nickson Kibabage (KMC), Himid Mao (Ghazl El Mahalla SC-Egypt), Novatus Dismas (Beltar Tell Aviv Bat Yam-Israel and Mzamiru Yassin (Simba).

Also, the list comprises Aziz Andabwile (Mbeya City), Simon Msuva (Wydad-Morocco), Kelvin John (Genk-Belgium), Feisal Salum (Yanga), Ben Starkie (Spalding-England), Mbwana Samatta (Antwerp-Belgium) and Farid Mussa (Yanga).

Also listed are Abdul Selemani (Coastal Union), Reliants Lusajo (Namungo), Kibu Denis (Simba), George Mpole (Geita Gold), Ibrahim Joshua (Tusker-Kenya) and Salum Abubakar (Yanga).

Queried to comment about the circumstances which made them to include Msuva who doesn’t play for any club at the moment, Nsajigwa replied that they have urged him to find a club as soon as possible.

"We have talked and informed him that he must get a club or else this could be his last call up in the national team but we all know that Msuva is a potential player and we need him in the team.

"Even in the last two International friendly games we played, he was also included without having a club but his performance was encouraging in both duels which means he is a gifted player and a reliable asset for our national team," he said.

For Mao, he said they have been following on his current performance in Egypt where he trades and became convinced that he can contribute a lot to help his team do well in the upcoming qualifiers.

He also disclosed that the competitive nature of the NBC Premier League has helped them to select players who are aggressive enough to fight for their country and can easily be assessed.

Again, Nsajigwa pointed out that no friendly match will be played in between before facing Niger saying the two friendlies they had against Central African Republic and Somalia have given them the required rhythm to play in the qualifiers.

He then called on Tanzanians to rally behind their national team throughout the qualifiers in order to make it to Ivory Coast where the finals will be held next year saying they are holding keys for Taifa Stars success.

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