The Tanzanian youngsters Serengeti Boys were scheduled to play Kenyan counterparts in a two-legged tie next month, with the Tanzania Football Federation announcing on Tuesday that the first leg match would take place at the Azam Complex Stadium in Dar es Salaam on September 9.
But it was revealed yesterday that Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has written to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), informing the continental football governing body on the country’s withdrawal from the youth qualifiers. Kenya’s withdrawal means Tanzania will now face Egypt in two-legged second round matches, with the first match taking place in Dar es Salaam on October 14 and the return leg to be played two weeks later in Cairo.
Should Serengeti Boys overcome the Egyptian hurdle, they will come up against the winner of the match between Congo Brazzaville and Mozambique/Zimbabwe in the third-round matches scheduled for November, this year. A 28-man Serengeti Boys squad moved into residential camp earlier this week under the guidance of Danish tactician Jakob Michelsen and his assistant, Jamhuri Kihwelo.
Players who are at the camp include goalkeepers Abdallah Bakar (from West Urban, Zanzibar) Hamad Juma (Azam) and Peter Manyika (JKT Ruvu).
Defenders are Abdallah Salum (West Urban), Basil Seif (Morogoro), Hassan Mganga (Morogoro), Ismail Gambo (Azam), Mgaya Abdul (Azam), Miraji Selemani (Polisi Morogoro), Miza Abdallah (Kinondoni), Mohamed Hussein (Azam), Pascal Matagi (Dodoma) and Paul James (Kinondoni).
Midfielders are Farid Musa (Kilimanjaro), Hussein Twaha (Coastal Union), James Mganda (Kipingu Academy), Mbwana Ilyasa (Simba), Mohamed Haroub (Zanzibar), Mohamed Kapeta (Kinondoni), Mudathiri Yahya (Azam), Mzamiru Said (Morogoro) and Selemani Bofu (JKT Ruvu).
Strikers include Abdallah Kisimba (Mwanza), Calvin Manyika (Rukwa), Dickson Ambunda (Mwanza), Joseph Lubasha (Azam), Kelvin Friday (Azam) na Salvatory Nkulula (Kipingu Academy).