DAR ES SALAAM: NATIONAL women’s team – Twiga Stars coach, Bakari Shime has said his side is well prepared to engage Botswana in the first leg of the 2024 CAF Women’s Olympic Qualifiers at Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam today.
After today’s meeting, the two teams will interface in the second leg at the National Stadium in Gaborone, Botswana on October 31st, where the overall winner progress to the third round of the qualifiers.
“We have had enough preparations for this match and my players are in good shape to play this important game and win prior to the second leg.
“It is a difficult game as our opponents are also a competitive side, as such we need to stick to our available game plan in order to stamp a convincing home victory,” Shime said on Wednesday in the city.
He then used the platform to call upon many Tanzanians to flock at the venue and give their team maximum support throughout the match.
“We need big support from our fans, because their presence at the stadium will boost morale of players on the pitch for them to work hard and produce the intended results,” Shime remarked.
The country’s envoys qualified for the second round of the Olympic qualifiers unopposed, after Congo withdrew from competing in the first round.
However, in the third round, four teams will qualify for the final fourth phase, where two teams will qualify to represent CAF in the 2024 Summer Olympics to be staged in France.
Zambia have already qualified for the third round, following Mali’s withdrawal, hence the former will not compete in this round.
Meanwhile, the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) on Wednesday announced free entry for today’s game, in order to lure many fans into the stadium to cheer the brave ladies.