TFF names squad for Tokyo 2020 campaign


THE Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has named 35 players who will form the the national U-23 provisional squad ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic games.

The youth football teams’ Assistant coach, Oscar Milambo revealed the names of the 35 players yesterday and the U-23 squad, with most of its players picked from U-17 and U-20 teams.

Milambo unveiled that most of the players selected in the squad are aged below 20 years and from the number, team will be trimmed to 25 players. Among the notable entries are Simba defender, Yusuf Mlipili and Young Africans winger Geoffrey Mwashiuya and Emmanuel Martin.

Milambo who named the team on behalf of the National youth team’s Head coach, Kim Poulsen said the team is expected to pitch a training camp at the Karume Stadium Hostel in Dar es Salaam on November 6.

The full squad which has been selected in the U-23 national team are goalkeepers: Metacha Mnata (Azam FC), Joseph Ilunda (JKT Ruvu) and Liza Mafwea (Tanzania Pris ons).

Defenders: Paulo Lyungu (Maji Maji), Yussuf Mlipili (Simba), Abbas Kapombe (Ndanda), Salum Chukwu (Singida United), Cleotas Sospeter (Yanga), Idrissa Mohammed (Maji Maji), Bakari Kijuji (Tanzania Prisons), Joseph Prosper (Azam FC), Masoud Abdallah (Azam FC), William John (Ruvu Shooting) and Yusuph Anthony (Yanga).

Midfielders: Adam Salamba (Stand United), Omary Mponda (Ndanda FC), Eliud Ambokile (Mbeya City), Geoffrey Mwashiuya (Yanga), Emmanuel Kakuti (Mbeya City), Emmanuel Martin (Yanga), Medson Mwakatunde (Mbeya City) and Derueshi Shaliboko.

Strikers are Ismail Aidan (Mtibwa Sugar), Salum Kihimbwi (Mtibwa Sugar), Hassan Mganga ((Mtibwa Sugar), Awad Salum (Njombe Mji FC), Awesu Ally (Mwadui FC), Yahya Zayed (Azam FC), Ayoub Masoud (Ndanda FC), Baraka Majogoro (Ndanda FC), Mohammed Habib (Miembeni FC), Agathon Mapunda (Njombe Mji), Faisal Salum Abdallah (JKU) and Yusuph Kagoma from Singida United.

Tokyo city was announced as the host at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires held on September 7, 2013 and became the largest city ever in Asia to host the Summer Olympics, a distinction currently held by Seoul, which hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics.

The 2020 games will be the second time that Tokyo hosts the Olympics games as it previously hosted the 1964 games. The games will feature 339 events in 33 sports alongside the 5 new sports that will be introduced in Tokyo; there will be 15 new events within existing sports, including 3-on3 basketball, freestyle BMX and Madison cycling, and new mixed events in several sports.

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