Don’t allow Falconets dictate terms at home


TANZANIA’s U20 women football team, the Tanzanite, host their Nigerian counterparts, Falconets at Azam Complex in Chamazi this weekend for World Cup qualifying match.

The win by over three goals margin is the Tanzanite’s order of the match or else it will be the end of the road for brave Tanzanian ladies as they lost by that margin in the first leg at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City a fortnight ago.

Before their arrival in Dar es Salaam the Nigerian team’s head coach, Christopher Danjuma was quoted saying his team was in perfect competitive mood to win again in Tanzania and sail through. What the coach claims should be taken seriously and only through a hard work, tactical improvement, solidarity and home crowd support the Tanzanians can achieve their 3-goals target.

Brave girls you have to forget about the opponents’ past records and reputation mirroring Nigeria as one of the women football powerhouses in Africa, they will be only 11 players to face at your own ground.

We are forced to warn the Tanzanite not to ignore Danjuma’s warning since he means what he says. Prior to the first leg match in Nigeria, the Falconets coach was also quoted saying his side match plan was to win convincingly so as to make the reverse fixture in Dar es Salaam a mere formality.

They did it with hefty 3-0 win. It is humiliating to make the Nigerians go around boasting superiority over us as this can be dealt a blow by only turning tables at Chamazi Complex. He even once claimed that his girls want to establish themselves firmly in the qualifying campaign by goal margin so as to make the reverse fixture in Dar es Salaam a lot cheaper and easier.

Though he later corrected his words by saying his boisterous comments didn’t mean to underrate Tanzanians, his words were crystal clear he saw us cheap nuts. We have heard and saw much from the Nigerian team; it’s now the right time for the right action.

We urge the Tanzanians to rally behind their envoys to ensure the Nigerian ego is dealt to a blow. Though it is an uphill task, we believe the brave girls can do it let’s all play our parts.

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