Nooij Unveils Taifa Stars Squad (

NATIONAL football team, Taifa Stars, head coach Mart Nooij has named a 27-man squad ahead of the forthcoming international friendly match against Malawi later this month.
The Stars are expected to take on Malawi’s ‘The Flames’ in a build-up match to be held at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza on March 29.
And Nooij has named a strong squad which comprises 10 players from Premier League champions Azam, while a quartet of foreign-based players namely Mwinyi Kazimoto (Al Markhiry – Qatar), Thomas Ulimwengu, Mbwana Samatta (TP Mazembe – Congo DR) and Juma Luizio (Zesco United – Zambia) have been called up.
Azam players are goalkeeping duo of Aishi Manula and Mwadini Ali, defenders Shomari Kapombe, Erasto Nyoni, Aggrey Morris, midfielders Frank Domayo, Salum Abubakar, Amri Kiemba, Mcha Khamis and striker John Bocco.
Premier League leaders Young Africans have contributed seven players including first-choice goalkeeper Deogratius Munishi, defensive trio of Oscar Joshua, Kelvin Yondani and Nadir Haroub, with stylish midfielder Hassan Dilunga and pacy wingers Simon Msuva and Mrisho Ngasa also making a cut.
Nooij has summoned three players from Simba, namely Abdi Banda, Hassan Isihaka and Said Ndemla, while Zanzibar’s KMKM, Stand United and Mtibwa Sugar have contributed a player each. They are Mwinyi Haji (KMKM), Haroun Chanongo (Stand United) and Salim Mbonde (Mtibwa Sugar).
According to the Tanzania Football Federation (TTF), the team will move into residential camp on March 22 to fine tune for the game scheduled on a FIFA date for international friendlies.
This will be the first match for Nooij’s side this year, although the Dutchman has also been in-charge of the national team’s second string side, ‘Taifa Stars Maboresho’, which has played at least two matches so far this year.
In the previous games, Stars were held to a 1-1 draw by Swaziland at Somhlolo National Stadium in Mbabane on November 16, last year.
In another game held at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Stars defeated Benin 4-1 on October 12 last year. Tanzania will compete in this year’s edition of COSAFA Senior Challenge Cup scheduled for South Africa’s North West province from May 1 to 31.
Meanwhile, Malawi are expected to land in Mwanza on March 27 ready for the encounter. Flames Head Coach Young Chimodzi has named a formidable squad that comprises eight professionals who ply their business in South Africa, Mozambique, Congo DR and Zimbabwe.
Stars will be desperate to improve their position in the FIFA world rankings having risen seven places to 100th position in the latest edition.
Beating Malawi, who currently occupy the 91st slot, will likely see the Tanzanian outfit move to two digits after a few years outside the top 100.
Source: Business