By Johnny Edward In Dar Es Salaam:
Tanzania are confident they can earn their first win against Nigeria in 33 years, according to their coach Charles Mkwasa.
Mkwasa, who was in the Taifa Stars team when they lost to the then Green Eagles in a 1982 World Cup qualifier, boasts that his team is ready to avenge the defeat now as a coach against the three-time Africa Cup of Nations winners.
Goals from John Chidozie and Christian Nwokocha earned the Eagles their last win in Dar es Salaam.
The Stars had goalkeeper Juma Pondamali to thank in the first leg in Lagos, which ended 1-1.
“We don’t know anything about the current Eagles team for the game but we know they are a good side. But in football anything can happen,” Mkwasa told completesportsnigeria.com on Friday.
“We are ready for them and we want to start right and we could trouble Nigeria as well with our strikers.
“They are not the impressive force they used to be and this is a source of hope.”
Mkwasa says he is aware of why his predecessor was sacked and he’s keen to start his reign on a good note.
The Stars have failed to win in five games.
Meanwhile, the Tanzania Football Federation media and communications officer Baraka Kizuguto is not happy Nigeria did not attend a press conference with Mkwasa.
“The Nigerian Football Federation did not inform us about their arrival plans but we reached them on arrival to inform them about the conference and we are surprised they didn’t show up, ” Kizuguto told Completesportsnigeria.com during the briefing.
“We don’t know the players in the team and that’s a worry if you ask me.”