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‘Taifa Stars are under reform’

Speaking after the soul-searching defeat at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday, Mayanga said the squad is still under transformation and was optimistic they will finally come up with a formidable squad that will represent the country in the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

“We feel a pinch and disgrace with the result, but we have to accept it because we are in the transition period that’s why we have utilized many youngster who were selected from TFF’s special Stars restructuring camp pitched in Mbeya in our match against Burundi and this was done intentionally to see what they have gained from the camp,” he said.

On his side, Burundi’s coach Olivier Niyungeko said his team played well as they followed the technical bench directives well, saying the victory is a good start for his team ahead of the forthcoming AFCON qualifiers.

He added that the game gave him a good picture of his squad as he had utilized many players who are playing in the local league and who he also used in the CHAN tournament which was held early this year in South Africa.

Burundi got their goals through Didier Kavumbagu, who plays for Young Africans in the Mainland Premier League and Simba’s Amis Tambwe, who is the league’s top goal scorer. They scored the first and second goals respectively.

The third goal was scored by FC Vital’O’s Ndikumana Yusufu to make the score 3-0 and spoil Tanzanians 50th Union anniversary which was marked on Saturday.

The match was also witnessed by the newly appointed Taifa Stars head coach Martinus Ignatius, popular known as ‘Mart’ Nooij, from Holland who has signed a two-year contract with the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF).

The Dutchman is taking charge of Stars after TFF terminated its contract with Kim Poulsen of Denmark early this year after the new leadership took over office after the general election held in November last year.

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Author: DAILY NEWS Reporter

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