BRAVE Tembo Warriors face Brazil today in the Amputee World Cup’s Classification play-off game in Ankara after missing a ticket to play in semis.
The country’s envoys settled for a play- off stage after losing to Haiti 3-1 in the game held yesterday at TFF Riva Facility Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Tanzanians meet Brazil who lost 2-1 to Angola at the same venue yesterday.
The win to Tembo Warriors will improve their rankings as the tournament aims to grade all 24 teams participating in the tournament.
The solitary goal for Tanzania was netted by Frank Ngailo in the first half but it was not enough to see them through to the last four of the contest.
They, however, return back home with heads up for massive performance displayed at the occasion especially after cruising into the quarter-finals for the first time.
The country’s envoys marched into the last eight courtesy of a massive 3-1 triumph over Japan in a thrilling match on Wednesday.
On target for Tanzania were Salum Rashid, Sembele Shedreck and Alfan Kiyanga who teamed up well with their colleagues to produce such a convincing results for their side.
Despite launching the campaign on back pedal with a goalles draw against Spain and suffering a 3-0 defeat from Poland, the Warriors have proved that they are not a side to reckon with.
The country’s representatives finished on third place in group E with four points thereby earning automatic qualification as best looser to the last 16 of the world cup finals unfolding in Instabul, Turkey.
They produced a convincing 2-0 win over Uzbekistan in their last match of the group on Monday which earned them maximum points hence sailing through.
Steven Manumbu and Alfan Kiyanga were on target for Tembo Warriors as they silenced Uzbekistan who had already qualified for the last 16 and will face Colombia.
As such, Tembo Warriors are the only team in group E to beat Uzbekistan who defeated Poland 3-1 and Spain 3-0 before suffering the upset from Tanzania.
Spain finished on fourth place thereby exiting from the contest after a poor display which saw them claiming one point courtesy of a barren draw with Tanzania in their opening match.
The Warriors are making debut appearance at the Amputee Football World Cup a thing which most pundits have described as a milestone of driving further the country’s Amputee Football.