TANZANIA Mainland soccer team, Kilimanjaro Stars, head Coach Kim Poulsen feels his side must aim to dictate their own style against Burundi at the Nelson Mandela (Namboole) Stadium in Kampala, Uganda on Wednesday.
Kilimanjaro Stars opened their campaign in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup with a 2-0 win over Sudan at the same venue on Sunday and Poulsen is confident that if his side plays quick, passing game today, then whatever Burundi will throw at them will not matter.
Stars need just a point to sail through into the next stage but a win is more ideal for the Dane coach, who is seeking to record second consecutive victory that will put his side through to the quarterfinals stage. Poulsen is fully aware of just what to expect against Burundi today.
The Burundians tops Group B with three points, same as Kilimanjaro Stars but the former are ahead on goal difference after beating Somalia 5-1 in their opening match earlier on Sunday. Poulsen knows that Kilimanjaro Stars should always remain fully committed to their own unique persona--keep possession, play quick passing game.
The tactician is also confident on his defence, saying they played extremely well against Sudan and was hoping that they will maintain their impressive performance today.
Defensive partnership of Kelvin Yondani and youthful Shomari Kapombe will certainly give Stars an added physical presence to reply to the expected aerial bombardment from former Simba striker Selemani Ndikumana, who scored a brace against Somalia.
Poulsen was pleased with his side's offensive play against Sudan, as they looked well on fire, scoring two goals inside the opening half an hour and could have bagged a few more had it not been his side's profligacy after the interval.
Towering John Bocco's brace was not only enough for the Kilimanjaro Stars to lay their mark as genuine contenders for the regional silverware; it also moved him level with Ndikumana.
But it was mercurial winger Mrisho Ngassa, who was unarguably the star of Kilimanjaro Stars' offensive show after the Simba player created both of Bocco's goals. The diminutive winger was a constant thorn in Sudan's side as he tormented the Falcons with his slippery runs, pace and dribbling skills.
Ngassa's fast pace and good crosses from either flank made him stand out. And, Poulsen expect the same approach in today's encounter against Burundi. Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Brand Manager, George Kavishe, whose brand sponsors Kilimanjaro Stars, called for continuing support towards the team, especially from Tanzanians who are living in Uganda.
He also pledged for his company's continuing support towards the team, saying it was making the nation proud. Stars trained yesterday morning at the Mutesa II ground in Kampala, the home of Uganda's giants and top flight The Express, which is currently cached by former Simba coach Mosses Basena.