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We’ll Fight For 3 Points, Tanzania Warns Eagles

Tanzania have given the strongest indication yet that their 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria would be an explosive one, with coach of the Tafia stars stating that his team will be going all out to win the three points at stake. Nigeria’s Super Eagles play away to Tanzania on September 5 in Dares   Salam in a matchday 2 encounter in Group G of the AFCON qualifying campaign. Nigeria currently share joint top place with the Pharaohs of Egypt in the group, having beaten Chad 2-0 in Kaduna in June’s Matchday 1, but the North Africans have one goal advantage having beaten the Taifa Stars 3-0 the same weekend.

While the Super Eagles’ coach, Sunday Oliseh, has 19 home-based professionals in camp in Abuja, and has also called 18 overseas–based players led by goalkeeper and skipper Vincent Enyeama, Tanzania are in Istanbul, Turkey, where they are having eight-day build-up to the game in Dar es Salam. Taifa Stars head coach Charles Boniface Mkwassa said yesterday in Dar es Salaam that the 22 players who are in the squad are in good shape and morale, wishing to use the camp for intense training to lie in wait for the much-fancied Super Eagles.

“We expect to have two friendly matches there against Libya and Kuwait, which I hope will help tie up minor problems with the squad. “We know how tough the match will be as our opponents are strong with strong players who play in big leagues in the world but we will fight to win three points each match,” he said. Meanwhile, the Tanzania Football Federation has confirmed that the AFCON qualifier between the Taifa Stars and Super Eagles of Nigeria will come up at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam on Saturday, September 5.

The TFF President, Jamal Malinzi, in an electronic mail message sent to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) also confirmed that the National Stadium has natural grass, and that the match will kick off at 4.30pm Tanzania time (2.30pm in Nigeria). The NFF has also confirmed that it has finalised all arrangements with regards to the Super Eagles’ movement into and out of Dar es Salaam, as well as accommodation for the delegation in the Tanzanian capital. Sources further confirmed that while the delegation will fly out from Abuja, the chartered aircraft will fly the delegation to Port Harcourt on return, where the Super Eagles tackle the Mena of Niger Republic in an international friendly on Tuesday, September 8.

-Oladipo Okubanjo

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