Taifa Stars cautioned vs Algeria

TANZANIA : TAIFA Stars players have been urged to approach their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria with a winning mentality.

The decisive game is slated at 19 May 1956 Stadium in Algeria on September 7th this year and the country’s envoys just need a victory or at least a draw to qualify for AFCON finals.

From group F, Algeria are the only team that have already sealed qualification as they top the group with 15 points and have not suffered any loss so far in their played qualifiers.

Stars are placed second with 7 points in the bag while Uganda sit on third slot cour- tesy of 4 points and occupying the bottom place are Niger with 2 points. Renowned football coach Adolph Richard on Saturday remarked that people should have trust with the selected Taifa Stars squad saying it is capable to bring the much demanded positive results.

“We all should have belief in the called team and it is the responsibility of each play- er in the team to work hard on the day knowing that a win is achievable against the Algerians,” he said.

The full 25-man squad paraded by coach Adel Amrouche consists of the fol- lowing players: Goalkeepers: Beno Kakolanya (Simba), Metacha Mnata (Young Africans) and Erick Johora (Geita Gold). Defenders: Bakari Mwamnyeto (Young Africans), Ibrahim Bacca (Young Africans), Dickson Job (Young Africans), Kennedy Juma (Simba), Abdi Banda (Richards Bay FC, South Africa) and Novatus Miroshi (Shaktar Donetsk, Ukraine). Midfielders: Mzamiru Yassin (Simba), Jonas Mkude (Young Africans), Abdulmalik Zakaria (Namungo), Sospeter Bajana (Azam), Himid Mao (Tala’ea El Gaish, Egypt), Mudathir Yahya (Young Africans), Haji Mnoga (Aldershot Town, England) and Lameck Lawi (Coastal Union).

Attackers: Clement Mzize (Young Africans), Mbwana Samatta (Paok FC, Greece), Ben Starkie (Basford United, England), Simon Msuva (JS Kabyle, Algeria), Kibu Denis (Simba) and John Bocco (Simba).

In another development, Taifa Stars will launch group E African Qualifiers FIFA World Cup away against Niger before hosting Morocco in Dar es Salaam between November 12th and 21st this year.

Thereafter, Stars will welcome Eritrea in the city before travelling to Lusaka to interface Zambia between June 3rd and 11th next year.

Then between March 17th and 25th next year, Taifa Stars will welcome Congo in Dar es Salaam before flying out to play Morocco while between September 1st and 9th, Stars will face Congo away before hosting Niger in the city.

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