Taifa Stars in search of con­vinc­ing vic­tory

The African - - POT POURRI -

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.

By Dar es Salaam, 0756 744947 email: reg­is­car­toontz@ya­hoo.co.uk

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