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Malawi arrive on Thursday for Taifa Stars encounter

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Media Officer, Boniface Wambura, said that ‘The Flames’ delegation of 20 players and 11 officials led by a member of Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Executive Committee, will travel by road to Mbeya to honour the friendly fixture.

Wambura said Taifa Stars, who are sponsored by Kilimanjaro Premium Lager, are already in Mbeya ready for the match, which will present a first test to newly recruited Dutch coach, Mart Nooij.

Nooij watched from the stands as his team suffered a heart-breaking 0-3 defeat at the hands of lowly Burundi’s ‘Intamba Mu Rugamba’ in an international friendly match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

He was unveiled a few hours before the international match held as part of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar.

The 59-year-old Nooij, who has replaced former Stars trainer Kim Poulsen, arrived last Saturday morning and had a few hours to recuperate as he had to attend the Stars match on the same day.

The new Stars boss will be tasked to lead the side in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign but the task ahead is enormous for the Dutch tactician as his new team seemed to be in complete shambles basing on the match results and display on Saturday.

The defeat left many soccer fans fuming at the TFF leadership for making massive changes in the national team squad.

However, Nooij, who has signed a two-year contract with TFF, said he cannot promise anything at this stage but expressed his confidence in transforming Taifa Stars into a great team in various international assignments.

Malawi match will also be part of Taifa Stars preparations for the AFCON qualifiers preliminary round double header clash against Zimbabwe.

The first leg match will be held at the National Stadium between May 16 and 18 this year.

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Author: DAILY NEWS Reporter

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