Dar es Salaam - The Flying Eagles landed in the port city of
Dar es Salaam early Thursday morning and were received by officials of the
Nigeria embassy as well as Tanzania Football Federation.
The team were immediately booked into three-star Sapphire
Court Hotel in downtown Dar es Salaam and will train by match time, which is
4pm local time and 2pm Nigerian time on Sunday.
The Somalia basketball team, who are featuring in an East
and Central African championship, are also putting up at the same hotel.
Hosts Tanzania are leaving nothing to chance to upset their
more illustrious foes on Sunday at the 60,000-capacity National Stadium.
Coach John Simkoko has beefed his squad with Mbeya City
striker Saad Kipanga.
Kipanga was in fine form to help Mbeya City finish third in
their debut season in the Tanzanian top flight and has now been linked with a
big move to Simba SC.
The Ngonrongoro Heroes are desperate for firepower after
they failed to score both at home and away in the previous qualifier against
neigbours Kenya.The team’s top strikers are Kevin Friday and
Mudhathir Yahya, who both feature for newly crowned Azam FC - the Chelsea of
Tanzania as they are owned by the country’s richest man.
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