Tanzania/Egypt: Taifa Stars

Dar es Salaam – National soccer team, Taifa Stars head coach, Charles Boniface Mkwasa has said they are facing uphill task against Egyptian counterpart in the June 4 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) encounter at the National Stadium.

Mkwasa said this when announcing 27 players who will join a residential camp tomorrow in the city ahead of both international friendly matches against Kenya’s Harambee Stars to be held in Nairobi on May 29 and later against the Pharaohs in the city.

He said Egypt needs a draw in order to qualify into the group stage (finals) to be held in Gabon next year. Egypt is leading the group G with Seven points while Nigeria is second with 2 points and Tanzania is third with one point.

“We need to win the match, we have to change our game philosophy, and we need to attack from the start, it will be the tough match as all we know how the Egyptians are very strong,” said Mkwasa.

He said they need to play open game in the match in order to score. “We have to attack while defending; we have to stop them to score at our home soil, we still have the chance in the qualifications,” said Mkwasa.

According to Mkwasa, the match against Harambee Stars will be the best test ahead of the match. He said Harambee Stars will field its players who are playing abroad and will be the best test for his squad.

“Harambee Stars is good team as they are also test their players ahead of Afcon qualifications, the Kenyans will play Congo Republic in Nairobi, Kenya between June 3rd and 5th, we expect the tough match which is also recognized by the World Soccer governing body (Fifa) so that country will improve its monthly ranking, ” he said.

Source: The Citizen