TWENTY five out of 30 players who have been named in the newly-introduced national soccer team set-up dubbed the 'Young Taifa Stars' have reported in camp.
The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), Information Officer, Boniface Wambura said that the players are in camp since Thursday.He said five players are yet to report in the camp at Sapphire Hotel in Dar es Salaam, naming them as Aishi Manula, David Mwantika, Himid Mao, Samih Nuhu and Seif Abdallah. He said the five players are currently in Morocco with their team Azam FC ready for the CAF Confederation Cup match against hosts' FAR Rabat on Saturday.
The new youth team, the first of its kind, is part of the 2013-2016 Technical Development Plan inaugurated recently by the TFF.Unveiling the inaugural 'Young Taifa Stars' squad a week ago, national team coach Kim Poulsen said it was meant to be the production line for the senior side, the Taifa Stars.
Poulsen believes the Young Taifa Stars will help bridge the gap that existed between the U-20 team and the Taifa Stars and give the senior team more stability.
The players will remain in camp until Monday after which, the Dane tactician will identify some players who will join the senior team, which will be moving into camp at the end of May ready for their 2014 World Cup qualifier match against Morocco.
The full squad includes goalkeepers Aishi Manula (Azam), Hussein Shariff (Mtibwa Sugar) and Ali Mustapha (Yanga). Defenders are Kessy Hassan (Mtibwa Sugar), Kennan Ngoma (Barnsley FC, Uingereza), Himid Mao (Azam), Ismail Gambo (Azam), David Mwantika (Azam), Miraji Adam (Simba), Mohamed Hussein (Kagera Sugar), Waziri Salum (Azam), Samih Nuhu (Azam) and Emily Mgeta (Simba).
Midfielders are Haruna Chanongo (Simba), Edward Christopher (Simba), Mudathiri Yahya (Azam), William Lucian (Simba), Jonas Mkude (Simba), Hassan Dilunga (Ruvu Shooting), Jimmy Shoji (JKT Ruvu), Abdallah Seseme (Simba), Ramadhan Singano (Simba), Farid Mussa (Azam) and Vicent Barnabas (Mtibwa Sugar).
Strikers are Hussein Javu (Mtibwa Sugar), Jerome Lambele (Ashanti United), Zahoro Pazi (JKT Ruvu) and Twaha Hussein (Coastal Union).