Samatta a doubt for Tanzania-Malawi tie


The Taifa Stars will have to do without skipper Mbwana Samatta and Simon Msuva when they take on Malawi in an international friendly match.

Tanzania host the Flames at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on June 13.

Samatta, who turns out for Turkey giants Fenerbahce and Msuva of Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca have been ruled out of the tie due to personal reasons.

Tanzania Football Federation’s Clifford Ndimbo confirmed the setback, saying the former Aston Villa man had “unavoidable reasons for not attending the camp”.

“Other players continue training at the Uhuru and Benjamin Mkapa Stadia in the city,” he said.

The squad list released by TFF is also without Novatus Dismas, who plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

“We will also give details on Dismas who is in Israel,” he said.

According to Ndimbo, 24 other players have started preparations ahead of the international friendly match.

Some of the players training under the watchful eye of Taifa Stars head coach Kim Poulsen include Simba goalkeeper Aishi Manula and striker John Bocco, Yanga defender Dickson Job and Nickson Kibabage who plays for Youssoufia FC of Morocco.

Malawi, on the other hand, got a major boost following the arrival of their foreign-based players.

The Flames will be led by Moldova-based duo Peter Banda and Charles Petro.

However, the Flames will miss the services of Nyasa Big Bullets defender Precious Sambani and Georgia-based midfielder Francisco Madinga who are nursing injuries.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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