Shime: Don’t celebrate it is far from over

Shime: Don’t celebrate it is far from over

SERENGETI Girls Head Coach Bakari Shime has cautioned his charges and Tanzanians not to celebrate as the battle to qualify for the 2022 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup is far from over.

His sentiments came after he guided the team to an impressive 4-1 win over Cameroon in the first leg of the qualifiers as Tanzania targets a maiden entry into global women’s showpiece.

The country's envoys were on rampage at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon over the weekend as they mercilessly punished the hosts to clear their path towards the finals.

Immediately after the game, Serengeti Girls players burst into celebration hailing themselves for a commendable job in a foreign territory as they wait to replicate the same performance in their return leg in Zanzibar.

A hat-trick netted by Clara Luvanga and a contribution from Diana William were enough to give the brave girls a comfortable win while Mana Lamine netted the consolation goal for the hosts.

"First I want to congratulate these girls for their workrate because they played according to the game plan we set up and they succeed to fulfill it.

"This win gives us an upper advantage to do much better in our next match to be held in Zanzibar where I strongly believe that we are going to claim our ticket to the world cup.

"But, this celebration is just for a short-time since we still have another full match to play of which our opponents will try to get clues on how to disappoint us at home hence we need to be cautious in our preparations," he said.

On her part, National Sports Council (NSC) General Secretary Neema Msitha also seized the platform to hail players for putting it all in order to emerge winners with such a big victory hoping that the return clash will be a slide for Serengeti Girls.

The reverse match has been pegged at Amaan Stadium in Zanzibar on June 5th where a victory will guarantee the envoys a place to the finals.

In other qualifying games played over the weekend, Nigeria defeated Ethiopia 1-0 in Ethiopia while Ghana utilised well their home venue to beat Morocco 2-0.

Africa will be represented by three teams in the finals and so far, Tanzania has placed a foot in Indian borders with the big win.

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