Stars success delights Mayanga
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Taifa Stars, head Coach Salum Mayanga

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NATIONAL football team, Taifa Stars, Head Coach, Salum Mayanga was pleased as his charges beat Botswana’s The Zebras’ 2-0 at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

Simon Msuva, who plays his trade at Difaa El Jadidah of Morocco, hit a brace as Stars maintained their superiority over The Zebras’. He scored a goal in each half.

And, Mayanga said shortly after the match that his tactics worked better for his team hence managed to come out victorious on the day, although he said, there was still room for further improvement.

“We will continue to improve from defensive play and attacking, which in the end will enable us to win more games,” he said. This was the second time under Mayanga that Stars beat Botswana by a similar margin.

Mayanga was looking to keep his 100 per cent record against Botswana ‘Zebras’ after winning against them in his first assignment as Stars tactician. He led Stars to beat Zebras 2-0 in an international friendly encounter at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on March 28th this year.

Stars’ skipper, Mbwana Samatta said they were a better side and deserved to win the game yesterday.

“We played with a little bit slow pace... but we played as a team and everyone’s role was achieved perfectly. Yondani (Kelvin) once again proved that he is the trusted player with much assurance, discipline and careful display at the back,” said Samatta.

Botswana Head Coach, David Bright, praised Taifa Stars for giving them a good game. He said his squad is young and they trained for only three days before the game but insisted that he will work hard on his team to iron out some few mistakes that were apparent in the encounter.

Zebra’s skipper Mosha Gaolaolwe said Stars gave them tough time especially on the right wing, where Msuva and Shiza Kichuya were frequently interchanging places to raid their opponents.

Stars ignited the match on a high note with clear passes and just five minutes into the game, Msuva blasted home after a neat one-two-touches with midfielder, Muzamiru Yassin.

It was a clever final pass from Muzamiru to find Msuva in space at the edge of the box and the former Young Africans winger beat the goalkeeper, Mwampule Masule, with a close range shot at the near post. In the 61st minute, Msuva netted the second, finishing off with a blistering volley after Shiza Kichuya’s spadework from the right side.

Mayanga will be pleased with a good partnership and technical switch demonstrated by Samatta and Msuva, who on several occasions troubled the Zebras backline comprising Simisan Mathumo and Lopang Mosige.

Another eye catching part for Mayanga’s men was at the rear department made up of Abdi Banda, Kelvin Yondani, Erasto Nyoni and Gadiel Michael, while new comer, Hamis Abdallah and Himid Mao were operating just above them.

Veteran defender, Yondani in particular had a decent game after missing out for quite some times. He had a single duty of cutting off Zebra’s lethal men.

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