3 February 2013

Tanzania: Fans Whetting Appetite for Stars, Cameroon Clash

DR Congo based strikers Mbwana Samatta and Thomas Ulimwengu are due to jet in the country today, ahead of the national soccer team Taifa Stars friendly encounter against mighty Cameroon at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Information Officer, Boniface Wambura said the duo will go direct to Tansoma Hotel to join the rest of the national team players, ahead of the much awaited game.

The match which will be played on FIFA's date for international friendly will also be used to advocate the fight against malaria. TFF President, Leodegar Tenga and Cameroon captain, Samuel Eto'o are among the malaria ambassadors in the African continent.

Wambura said the Cameroon players will be arriving in batches for the game, with the first squad of six to be led by team manager, Rigobert Song are expected in tonight aboard KLM flight. Others in the list include former France Toulouse midfielder, who is currently with Al Ahli (UAE) Achille Emana, Valenciennes player Vincent Aboubakary, goalkeeper Charles Itandje featuring for POAK FC of Greece, striker Anzhi Makhachkala and physician Sylvain Monkam.

According to Wambura a second batch to be led by team captain, Eto'o will arrive tomorrow morning aboard Kenya Airways alongside other players namely Herve Tchami, Nicolas Nkoulou, Jean Paul Yontcha, team doctor Boubakary Sidik, as well as the technical bench of head coach Jean Paul Akono and his assistant Martin Ndtoungou.

The third batch will be in on Tuesday, a day before the encounter are Jean Kana Biyick, Fabrice Olinga, Allan Nyom, Henri Bedimo while the final members of the squad that will include Barcelona midfielder, Alexandre Song will arrive on Wednesday.

TFF has announced 5,000/- as lowest entrance fee for the match. The mouth-watering clash will take place at the 60,000-seater National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday next week, which is FIFA's date for international friendly matches.

Wambura, said tickets will go on sale a day before the match. He said tickets for VIP A will cost 30,000/-, while 20,000 is the cost for VIP B tickets. VIP C tickets will be sold at 15,000/-. Orange seats will cost 10,000/- while blue tickets will go for 7,000/-. The lowest will be 5,000/- that will be for green seats.

Meanwhile, Tenga has picked two lawyers Jesse Mguto and Principal State Attorney Yohane Masala to fill in vacant posts in the TFF Disciplinary Committee. The two have been picked to fill in the posts left vacant by Iddi Mtiginjolla, who has been appointed to chair TFF Elections Appeal Committee and Shaaban Semlangwa, who passed away last year. Tenga banks on the duo experience to deliver in line with good governance and integrity.

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