23 March 2013

Tanzania: Morocco Wary of Stars Threat

MOROCCO head coach Rachid Taoussi says his team will be wary of the threat posed by Taifa Stars strikers when the teams meet in the 2014 World Cup qualifying match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

The Atlas Lions of Morocco arrived in Dar es Salaam ahead of their highly-anticipated Group C encounter against hosts Taifa Stars in the ongoing World Cup qualifying campaign. The Moroccans look favourites on paper, but the Stars' bright start to the campaign means they are not to be underestimated, a view shared by Taoussi who predicted a tough game on Sunday.

He said Tanzania has got strong team, capable of playing good football and admitted to being nervous about the Stars striking force. Taoussi vowed to approach the game cautiously and was convinced that his side would maintain their good record against Taifa Stars.

The Moroccan coach defended his decision to leave out of his squad some household names, saying he opted for a group of young players, whom he has prepared well to win Sunday's match. Meanwhile, Sunday's clash between the Taifa Stars and the Atlas Lions of Morocco has been scheduled to kick off at 3:00 p.m.

According to TFF Secretary General, Angetile Osiah the decision to arrange Sunday's game during the day sought to attract many supporters as the federation seeks to fully exploit home advantage. Osiah expects fans to pack the 60,000-seater stadium to brim and set up an electrifying atmosphere by cheering the Stars throughout. "The support from the fans at the stadium is very important for our team.

Tanzanians must support the team throughout the game," Osiah urged. He insisted the decision had nothing to do with weather condition. "At the moment we have almost similar weather condition to that of Morocco."

Osiah's sentiments were echoed by a local football coach and pundit Kessy Mziray who called upon Tanzanians to rally behind their team during tomorrow's tricky encounter. He said: "When they are playing, there could be times when someone makes a mistake and when we have to attack and defend.

It is important that the fans support us throughout. The Stars, who are sponsored by the Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) through its Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Brand, are currently placed second in Group C of the World Cup qualifiers with three points from two matches. They are one point adrift of group leaders Cote d'Ivoire, with Morocco occupying third place on two points, one ahead of bottom-placed Gambia.

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