- Published on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 00:08
- Written by NELLY MTEMA
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THE national women soccer, Twiga Stars is expected to treat their opponents, Namibia in their Sunday’s return leg tie of the African Women Championship (AWC) qualifying stage with respect and caution.
Twiga Stars coach, Boniface Mkwassa said Namibia proved to be tough opponents and are capable of stunning Twiga Stars at their own backyard, if any kind of laxity evolves. “We, however, have a good idea of our opponents' strengths and weaknesses, having beaten them 2-0 in the first leg match.
“We’ll not relax with an away win we registered in Windhoek because our opponents may want to do the same at the National Stadium,” Mkwassa told the ‘Daily News’.
“I have told my players to maintain their discipline and focus on a good result. Our focus is to fight to the end to qualify for the next round,” said Mkwassa. He further said that his team would need to attack from the kick off and put their opponents to sword.
“We must score early to open up the game. We have to play quick and score goals as soon as possible,” he added. Mkwassa said the camp at the Ruvu National Service is in an upbeat mood and the players are training hard ahead of the Sunday encounter. Mkwassa said today at the same venue, Twiga Stars will play Ruvu Shooting Under-20 team in his technical mission to test the player’s skills and fitness before playing the Namibians.
“The preparations are progressing well and we believe we will work hard to win the game,” said Mkwassa. Twiga Stars Captain, skipper Sophia Mwasikili is talking tough ahead of their tie saying one can expect quite a thriller come Sunday. “We have no reason to lose the Sunday’s encounter with Namibia. We are preparing well in our camp and we thank everyone for the support we are getting.
All we need now is for soccer fans to come in large numbers at the National Stadium on Sunday to cheer their team,” said Mwasikili. Both teams will lock horns with at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam in the biennial competition in women’s football for national teams which belong to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The finals of the African Women Championship will be staged in November in Equatorial Guinea. Meanwhile, green and blue seats ticket for the match between Twiga Stars and Namibia will cost 2,000/- the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) announced on Tuesday.
TFF Information Officer Boniface Wambura said Orange seats will cost 3,000/-, while VIP B and C tickets will be sold at 5,000/-. VIP A tickets will go for 10,000/- said Wambura, adding further that children Under-10 will get the ticket for 1,000/-. Wambura said Namiba are expected to arrive in Dar es Salaam on Friday evening aboard South Africa Airways.