As the Super Eagles face Tanzania’s Taifa Stars in a key Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday, completesportsnigeria.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU focuses the searchlight on the danger men the three-time African champions must watch closely…
Undoutedbly the poster boy of Tanzania football, Mbwana Samatta is the player Tanzania fans will be counting on to help them clip the wings of the Super Eagles when they face the three-time African champions in the
2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on September 5 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
The 23-year old plays his club football for Congo Democratic side, TP Mazembe.
Samatta is known for his tireless work ethic and amazing dribbling skills.
Not the tallest of strikers, he makes up with tremendous pace and his work ethic is excellent. He has scored some excellent goals for Mazembe and coach Bon8face Mkwasa will hope he turns up on match day.
He scored six goals for TP Mazembe in the CAF Champions League last season.
Described as a quick, balanced, highly skilful and powerful striker,Thomas Uliwengu like Samatta plays for TP Mazembe. He is one of the leaders of the Taifa Stars.
The lanky forward possesses excellent ball control, and positioning, he is capable of beating defenders in one on one situations as well as creating space for team mates.
He also has superb vision, fantastic passing and dribbling ability.
Ulimwengu played a crucial role in Tanzania’s promising but ultimately unsuccessful 2014 World Cup Qualification campaign. He scored crucial goals against both Morocco and Ivory Coast. He went on to win the “Goal of the Year” award for his goal against Ivory Coast in the Tanzanian Football Awards.
This will be the third time the former Swedish forward will come up a Nigerian side after his exploits against the Nigeria U-23 in the 2018 Olympic Games qualifier.
He scored the winner in the first leg in Dar es Salaam, but Nigeria rallied
back in the return fixture to knocked out his side.
The midfielder is one of the experienced campaigners in the Taifa Stars. Ngassa is an excellent marker and a good passer of the ball.
The 26-year-old recently signed a four-year deal with South African Premier Soccer League side Free State Stars from Tanzanian side Azam.
The talented player was invited for a trial with English Premier League side, West Ham United in 2009.
He also went on trial with Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer and came on as a substitute against Manchester United in a friendly match in 2011.
Mwinyi Kazimoto plays for Qatari second division side, Al Markhiya. He is a regular member of the Taifa Stars even though he is less popular compared to the likes of Mbwana Samatta, he will be one of the stars to look for when
his side confront the former African champions in the crucial tie on September 5.
The tough-tackling defender is a popular figure among the fans. He is a versatile player who can also play in midfield. He has a tough task in his hands with the Super Eagles parading some of the best strikers on the continent.