Afcon 2017: Tanzania Name Squad to Tackle Nigeria

Azam FC's John Bocco celebrates a previous goal against Cranes in Chan qualifiers

Twenty players have been summoned to the Tanzania’s Taifa stars team to take on Nigeria away in the final game of the 2017 Africa cup of Nations.

Both Nigeria and Tanzania are already out of contention for the group G’s only spot but the Tanzanian head coach Charles Boniface Mkwasa has put emphasis on winning to improve on the FIFA rankings.

“We are taking this match very seriously because it’s against a big team and are away where a positive result can push us into the best 99 teams in ranking, page ” Mkwasa was quoted by the federation media.

TP Mazembe star Thomas Ulimwengu has been left out due to a thigh injury.

Belgium based Mbwana Ali Samatta will continue to guide the team wearing the captaincy armband. He plies trade in KRC Genk.

According to Mkwasa’s schedule, the summoned players will regroup on August 28th for a five day residential camp before flying to Nigeria for the tie set for September 3rd.

Egypt already qualified in this group with unassailable ten points, eight and nine more than Nigeria and Tanzania. Chad earlier withdrew citing financial conflicts. Their withdrawal means the group cannot contend for the two best runners option.


Goalkeepers– Deogratius Munishi (yanga), Aishi Manula (Azam FC)

Defenders– Kelvin Yondani, Vicent Andrew, Mwinyi Haji (Yanga), Mohamed Hussein (Simba SC), Shomari Kapombe, David Mwantika (Azam FC).

Midfield– Himid Mao (Azam FC), Shiza Kichuya, Jonas Mkude, Muzamiru Yassin (Simba SC), Ibrahim Jeba (Mtibwa Sugar), Juma Mahadhi (Yanga), Farid Mussa (Tenerife, Spain)

Strikers– Simon Msuva (Yanga), Jamal Mnyate, Ibrahim Ajib (Simba SC), John Bocco – Azam FC


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