Nooij’s right hand man Salum Mayanga on Thursday announced a list of 26 who are set to leave for the Botswana capital next Tuesday for residential camp prior to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Mozambique’s Mambas.
The roster features upcoming goalkeeper Benedictor Tinoko and inexperienced outfield sextet of Joram Nason, Edward Charles, Pato Ngonyani, Kelvin Friday, Said Juma and Mwegane Yeya.
But the rest are familiar faces. They are Deogratias Munishi, Aishi Manula, Kelvin Yondani, Said Moradi, Nadir Haroub, Shomari Kapombe, Oscar Joshua and Aggrey Morris.
Others are Frank Domayo, Amri Kiemba, Erasto Nyoni, Jonas Mkude, Haruna Chanongo, Himid Mao, John Bocco, Simon Msuva, Ramadhan Singano, Khamis Mcha and Mrisho Ngasa.
According to Mayanja the players should report in the camp in Dar es Salaam on Monday ready for the trip to Gaborone the following day.
Stars will host the Mambas in the second round, first leg at the National Stadium on July 20. The return leg will take place in Maputo two weeks later.
Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has organized the training tour with a view to give the Stars adequate and ‘scientific’ preparations for the anxiously awaited showdown, as revealed by the federation’s president Jamal Malinzi. After the training Botswana, the Stars are expected to play at least one friendly match before the visit of Mozambique.
Stars team manager Boniface Clemence reportedly said earlier this week that TFF have already arranged an international build-up match against Uganda Cranes due early next month.
Clemence was optimistic The Cranes would give Stars the ‘exposure’ they need ahead of the Mozambique clash. Since the Taifa Stars made it to the second round at the expense of Zimbabwe’s Warriors, there have been calls from football stakeholders to get the team enough trial matches.
Local coach Abdallah ‘King’ Kibadeni, speaking to the ‘Daily News’ recently opined that Taifa Stars need to play more friendly matches against quality opponents, if they are to overcome Mozambique in their second round tie of the continental qualifiers.
King Kibadeni said early preparations will be paramount for the Stars and it is important to get the squad in shape early with some build-up matches in order to build a strong fluid partnership for the fixture against the Mambas next month.