Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Information Officer, Boniface Wambura, said Taifa Stars entered camp on Monday to prepare for the match and was scheduled to start training at the Karume Memorial Stadium within the TFF premises in the evening.
“Because Thursday will be a weekday, the match has been planned to start at 5pm to give opportunity to more fans to attend the match after working hours”, said Wambura. DR Congo head coach Claude Le Roy is already in Dar es Salaam waiting for his players to join him for friendly fixture. He jetted in on Saturday afternoon from Paris, France accompanied by his right hand man.
According to Wambura, the Leopards’ delegation would comprise of 24 people, including 19 players and they will be accommodated at Holiday Inn hotel. Taifa Stars and DRC will use the match as preparations for their respective African Nations Cup (AFCON) Qualifiers’ preliminary round assignments.
Stars will face Mozambique in the first leg match of the preliminary round of the AFCON Qualifiers at the National Stadium on February 29 while DRC will be away to Seychelles. Wambura mentioned the entrance fee for the international friendly match between Stars and DRC as 2,000/- for each of the green and blue seats, which carry 36,693 fans amounting to two-third of all seats in the ultra-modern stadium.
Fans wishing to watch the game from the orange seats will pay 5,000/- each, each of the VIP C area’s seats will cost 7,000/- while each of the VIP B and VIP A seats will cost 10,000/- and 15,000/- respectively. South Africa will host the 2013 AFCON finals and it will be the second time for the country to organize the major continental showpiece after doing so in 1996. The country went on to record double success as it emerged champions of the event, beating Tunisia in the final.