Twiga Stars' technical bench agreed to honour the match after the legislators had requested to play against the local queens who play host to their Namibian counterparts this Saturday at the National Stadium. The MPs will use the occasion to present their contribution to the team, which is in great need of financial and material support going into the return fixture of the 2012 AWC qualifiers.
The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) said recently that it needs a total of 74,660,000/- to facilitate Twiga Star’ preparation and organize Saturday’s encounter. "The mentioned costs cover transport, players' and the technical bench's allowances, training camp costs and medical equipment,” revealed TFF spokesperson Boniface Wambura.
He said other expenses include air transport, two cars for internal transport, allowances, and accommodation for the match's referees and commissioner. "Other costs will further meet internal transport (three cars), accommodation, food, and drinking water for the Namibia contingent, which will comprise 25 people, during training and match,” added Wambura.
Twiga Stars grabbed a 2-0 win over Namibia in the first leg match played in Windhoek a fortnight ago and a draw of any margin in Saturday’s return leg would propel them through into the next round.
The team’s head coach, Boniface Mkwasa has already vowed to approach their opponents cautiously, saying despite winning 2-0 away, the Namibians are still capable of stunning his side in any kind of laxity evolves. “We’ll not relax with an away win we registered in Windhoek because our opponents may want to do the same at the National Stadium,” Mkwassa told the ‘Daily News’ on Tuesday.
“I have told my players to maintain their discipline and focus on a good result. Our focus is to fight to the end to qualify for the next round,” Mkwassa added and revealed that his team would need to attack from the kick off and put their opponents to the sword.
The 2012 AWC finals will be held in November in Equatorial Guinea, which is currently among prominent sides in women football in the continent. Twiga Stars made its maiden appearance in the AWC finals in 2010 in South Africa, in which the side was paired against established nations including defending champions, Nigeria, and hosts, South Africa and the Tanzanians were knocked out of the group stage.