Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

8 August 2012

Tanzania: Stars Enter Camp Ahead of Zebras Clash

THE national senior soccer team, Taifa Stars, will move into residential camp this evening ahead of their international friendly match against Botswana's Zebras to be held in Gaborone on August 15.

Taifa Stars head coach Dane Kim Poulsen has summoned 21players for the Zebras clash, to be played on FIFA date for international friendly matches. Only few new faces will join up with a host of regular members in the training which has been scheduled to kick-off tomorrow.

Among them is Yanga sensational striker Said Bahanuzi. The CECAFA Kagame Cup 'Golden Boot' winner, who scored six goals in the campaign, is joined by teammate Athumani Idd, Alias 'Chuji', who has also earned a call back into the national team, after almost two years of being overlooked.

Idd was also outstanding at the just ended regional club championships. He was brilliant and provided a perfect shield to Yanga's back four. His vision and passing was clever as he kept everything simple to move his team from rear to the final third, and definitely there was no way coach Poulsen could overlook him again.

The midfielder was reduced to an outcast figure after falling out with the former Taifa Stars coach Brazilian Marcio Maximo, allegedly for indiscipline grounds. He could also not break into the team under another Dane coach Jan Poulsen. The full squad has: Goalkeepers Deogratias Munishi (Azam), skipper Juma Kaseja (Simba) and Mwadini Ali (Azam).

Defenders: Assistant captain Aggrey Morris (Azam), Erasto Nyoni (Azam), Kelvin Yondani (Yanga) and Shomari Kapombe (Simba).

Midfielders: Athuman Idd (Yanga), Frank Domayo (Yanga), Haruna Moshi (Simba), Mrisho Ngassa (Simba), Mwinyi Kazimoto (Simba), Ramadhan Chombo (Azam), Ramadhan Singano (Simba), Salum Abubakar (Azam) and Shabani Nditi (Mtibwa Sugar).

Strikers: John Bocco (Azam), Mbwana Samata (TP Mazembe, the Democratic Republic of Congo- DRC), Said Bahanuzi (Yanga), Simon Msuva (Yanga) and Thomas Ulimwengu (TP Mazembe - DRC). The Stars will travel to Gaborone for the match, which is designed to prepare the team for the coming competitive assignments.

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