FORMER world best footballer, Luis Figo has promised a mouthwatering game when visiting Real Madrid legends face Tanzania Eleven at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam this evening.
Speaking to journalists on Friday, Figo urged fans to show up in large numbers, saying they will enjoy what they are going to see on the pitch. Figo, who won Ballon d'Or in 2000, said it is his first time to visit the country.
However, he had visited some African countries before. "It is my first time to visit Tanzania, I had visited several countries in Africa before, I'm glad to be here, I love Africa and I look forward to a good game tomorrow (today).
We expect a good game from our opponents as well and the important thing is that FIFA is also aware and happy for this event," Figo said.
Figo won two awards in 2000-- Best Footballer in Europe and World Best Footballer. Het retired on May 31 in 2009. Other ex- Galacticos who attended the press conference alongside with Figo yesterday included, Christian Karembeu, who won the World Cup with France in 1998 and Fernando Sanz Duran.
The duo said Tanzanians should expect good game today. On his part, Director of Tanzania Sisi Nyumbani (TSN), the organizers of the match and main sponsors of the Madrid tour, Farough Baghozah said all necessary preparations for the game are complete, urging Tanzanians to flock the National Stadium to get the treat of their life time.
Baghozah said the tour will provide great mileage to Tanzania tourism sector because the team members are expected to visit various Tanzania safari tourist sites like the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Mount Kilimanjaro and many more. And there will be an autograph session where fans will get an opportunity to mingle with their icons in Arusha.
Tanzania Squad is full of former renowned players including best goal keepers of all times in the country Mwameja Mohamed and Peter Manyika.
Defenders, Shadrack Nsajigwa, Mecky Mexime, Boniface Pawasa, John Mwansasu, Abubakar Kombo, George Masatu and Habib Kondo. Midfielders are Athumani China, Shaaban Ramadhani, Salvatory Edward, Sabri Ramadhani 'China', Yussuf Macho 'Musso', Abdul Mashine, Abdul Maneno, Mao Mkami, Steven Nyenge, and Mtwa Kihwelo. Forwards are Monja Liseki, Iddi Moshi, Dua Said, Emmanuel Gabriel, Said Maulid, Thomas Kipese, Nasor Mwinyi 'Bwanga', Edibilly Lunyamila, Mohamed Hussein 'Mmachinga', Clement Kahabuka, Madaraka Suleiman and Akida Makunda.
Technical bench is under Coach Charles Boniface Mkwasa 'Master' while his assistants are Freddy Felix Minziro and Jamhuri Kihwelo 'Julio'.
Meanwhile, Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Suleimani Kova has urged fans who will attend the friendly match between Tanzania Eleven and Real Madrid legends at National Stadium today to observe peace and avoid acts that might disturb the match, reports Ahmed Yusufu of SJMC.
Commander Kova said tight security will be deployed at the venue with both uniform and undercover policemen in place to make sure that no person or group disrupts peace and security.
He has said that for the first time there will be special security men known as Stewarts whose task is to look at the spectators on the stage.
Commander Kova has added that no one is allowed to enter with a bottle which contains any kind of liquids as used to be done in the other matches while there will be metal detector machines to identify firearms and other weapons such knives or razor blades.