Stars in search of con­vinc­ing vic­tory

The African - - POT POURRI -

NA­TIONAL soc­cer team, Taifa Stars, will be host­ing Egypt this com­ing week­end at the 60,000-seater Na­tional Sta­dium in Dar es Salaam hop­ing to stun the con­ti­nent. Taifa Stars slim chances of play­ing in next year’s African Cup of Na­tions to be held in Gabon will be de­ter­mined in this week­end’s game.

Vic­tory won’t be enough for Charles Boni­face Mk­wassa led team but it has to be con­vinc­ingly be­cause the goal dif­fer­ence is not in the home team’s favour.

Taifa Stars have been forced to lan­guish­ingly ce­ment them­selves at the bot­tom of Group G fol­low­ing with­drawal of Chad for what they termed as fi­nan­cial con­strains.

Ini­tially, Mk­wassa had been gag­ging for six points hav­ing beaten Chad away in Nd­ja­mena only for their op­po­nents not to honour the re­turn leg fix­ture prompt­ing Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball (CAF) to sus­pended Chad from next year’s Cup of Na­tions and also fine them $20,000 (more than Sh42m).

This is what the CAF state­ment read: “The Chad Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion with­draws from the AF­CON 2017 Qual­i­fiers where they par­tic­i­pated in Group G along­side Nige­ria, Egypt and Tan­za­nia.

“In con­for­mity to ar­ti­cle 61 of the reg­u­la­tions of the com­pe­ti­tion: if a team with­draws from the qual­i­fy­ing phase or­gan­ised in groups, all the re­sult shall be an­nulled (points, scored and con­ceded goals).

“Hence, the matches of Chad

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