Stars coach certain with squad

TANZANIA: TAIFA STARS Assistant Head Coach, Hemed Suleiman ‘Morocco’, has expressed confidence in his squad ahead of Wednesday Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match against Morocco.

The national football team coach highlighted that they have worked on the shortcomings that they noted in two friendly matches and the players have shown adaptability and progress, so he expects to do well in Group F.

He made the remarks shortly after the team’s training session at Stade Auguste Denis Est, San Pedro in Ivory Coast on Friday.

“We are thankful to Almighty God all is well and the weather is friendly. We studied the two friendly games we played recently and identified some shortcomings. “The two friendlies had proven fruitful as they offered time to analyse our strengths and weaknesses.

We have worked on those flaws and the players are adapting quickly and progressing well. I am confident with the squad and we are ready for the AFCON match against Morocco,” he said.

Speaking with the press, Taifa Stars central back, Dickson Job pointed out it will indeed be a tough match against Morocco but they are confident with hard work and commitment they are sure to excel beyond the group stage.

Tanzania is placed in Group F together with Congo DR, Zambia and Morocco.

“It’s going to be a tough match, but we are well-prepared to excel in the AFCON finals. All we need is hard work and commitment to secure a ticket beyond the group stage. “Morocco are tough opponents, and we have faced them on multiple occasions. We are familiar with their playing style, and I believe our experience against similar opponents will help us perform well,” he noted.

Tanzanian goalkeeper, Beno Kakolanya remarked that they expect a tough match against Morocco, but with the preparation they’ve had, they are hopeful for their first encounter and aim to do well in the finals.

“Our coach and the technical bench generally have offered us enough training and tactics to approach Wednesday’s game and I am confident the plan will work well,” he said.

Tanzania has taken part in two AFCON finals; 1980 and 2019, before landing in this year’s final. In both competitions Tanzania failed to make it beyond group stages. Hopefully this year Tanzania will do better.

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