Taifa Stars in search of convincing victory
of the first three days of Group G matches are cancelled and their results will not be taken into consideration.”
Chad withdrawal means Taifa Stars must finish top of Group G to have any chances of making their maiden appearance in African Cup of Nations since 1980 because according to CAF Executive Committee decision dated January 15 last year, any group reduced to three teams following a team withdrawal will only qualify the first team of that group.
With the way the group had been shaped up, most local fans were hopeful even if Taifa Stars does not finish top of the group, then they could as well qualify as best runnersup.
Taifa Stars hosts Pharaohs and must win by a good scoreline margin because they have a poor goal difference and this is after losing 3-0 to Egypt in the first leg when the team was under now sacked Dutchman Mart Nooij.
Mkwassa was quoted in one of the dailies saying his team faces an uphill task vividly knowing that if Egypt can scrap a draw then they will automatically qualify for next year’s Cup of Nations.
“We need to win the match, we have to change our game philosophy, and we need to attack from the start, it will be the tough match as all we know how the Egyptians are very strong,” he said.
Mkwassa remains optimistic of Taifa Stars qualifying and reveals his game plan is to attack while defend and stopping the Pharaohs from scoring.
Taifa Stars chances relies on winning their two remaining games against Egypt and Nigeria’s Super Eagles, and wait for the goal difference to determine who goes through from Group G.
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