THE national soccer team, Taifa Stars, Coach Kim Poulsen has recalled Azam goalkeeper Deogratius Munishi for the forthcoming international friendly match against reigning African champions Zambia.
Munishi, overlooked when the initial squad was named last week, replaces his teammate at Azam, Mwadini Ali, who has travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the Azam squad, where they have landed an invitation to compete in a charity championship, kicking off on Friday.
The 10-day tournament will feature Premier League teams from Congo Brazzaville, Kenya, Tanzania and hosts DR Congo. Azam will be using the championship as part of their preparations for the second round of the Mainland Premier League tentatively kicking off early February, next year.
Meanwhile, Taifa Stars players have reported to the camp and started training yesterday at the Karume Memorial Stadium under the Danish tactician, Poulsen. Only foreign-based duo of Mbwana Samatta and Thomas Ulimwengu are yet to join the team, which is preparing for the much-anticipated clash against the Chipolopolo of Zambia, to be staged at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on December 22.
But there was some good news for Poulsen with the presence of Zanzibar players Nadir Haroub, Hamis Mcha, Nassoro Masoud 'Chollo', Aggrey Morris and Samih Nuhu. It was feared that the Isles players would not honour the high profile build-up match after the Zanzibar Football Association (ZFA) announced earlier this week that it had indefinitely suspended 16 players of the Zanzibar national team for unruly behaviour.
The players were accused of sharing out 10,000 US dollars prize money bestowed to the Isles side for their third-place win at this year's CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. Mercurial winger Mrisho Ngassa also emerged out of his hideout to join the camp.
The embattled Simba player, however, did not take part in the morning training session. The diminutive attacker had disappeared in the thin air in protest of proposed lucrative deal to join Sudanese side El Merreikh, with reports claiming that he opted to remain in Tanzania and has signed with former club, Yanga.
Players who joined the camp and the teams they feature for in brackets include goalkeepers; Juma Kaseja (Simba), Deogratius Munishi (Azam) and Aishi Mangula(Azam).
Defenders: Nassoro Masoud 'Chollo' (Simba/Zanzibar), Shomari Kapombe (Simba), Amiri Maftah (Simba), Erasto Nyoni (Azam), Agrey Moris (Azam/Zanzibar), Samii Haji Nuhu (Azam/Zanzibar), Issa Rashidi (Mtibwa Suigar), Kelvin Yondani(Yanga) and Nadir Haroub (Yanga/Zanzibar).
Midfielders: Shaabani Nditi (Mtibwa Sugar), Mwinyi Kazimoto (Simba), Amri Kiemba (Simba), Salumu Abubakari (Azam), Frank Domayo (Yanga), Athumani Idd (Yanga), Mcha Khamisi (Azam/Zanzibar).
Strikers: Simon Msuva (Yanga), John Bocco (Azam) and Mrisho Ngassa (Simba).