Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Michelsen - It's Going to Be Difficult

NATIONAL U-17 soccer team Serengeti Boys coach, Jacob Michelsen, has said his side is ready to achieve victory tomorrow against Congo Brazzaville but acknowledges that it is going to be difficult game for both sides.

Serengeti Boys will confront the Congo side in their first leg, third round encounter at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam tomorrow and later face off in a return leg fixture away in Brazzaville in two weeks time.

A win in subsequent fixtures will see the local youngsters making history by qualifying for the first time for the 2013 Africa Under-17 Championship finals set for Morocco next year. "It is going to be a difficult game for us because they are a very good team.

I saw them playing against Zimbabwe in the second round match and they are really a tough side to play against. "They also played in the previous World Cup in Mexico and were dismissed in the second round. This shows the quality of the team we are going to play against and the physical presence in their squad is also something to worry about but we are ready to win against them," said the Dane coach.

He insisted that Serengeti Boys also boast of quality players and the team has stayed together for quite sometimes and they know how to play such difficult games. "We know how to play against difficult opponents and certainly we've the home supporters advantage on Sunday (tomorrow).

We've motivation of winning as well," said Michelsen. Vice-Chairperson of the newly appointed committee to motivate the national youth team, Serengeti Boys, Kassim Dewji said the committee was doing everything within its powers to ensure the team's passage into the Morocco finals.

He once again called for public support to ensure that the team records an emphatic victory in their first leg encounter tomorrow. Dewji said they have set a 160m/- budget for the game, in which a sum of 60m/- will be spent for the home game, while the remaining amount will be spent for the return leg match.

He said the committee members have so far raised 35m/-, which he said was a perfect starting point but still called for other stakeholders--public, private companies and individuals to come out and support the team.

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) appointed the committee whose key goal is motivate the players to value the game and to mobilise fans to cheer their team.

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