Tanzania fans allowed to attend qualifier

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has approved a request from the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) to allow fans to attend the 2021 AFCON qualifier between Tanzania and the ‘Carthage Eagles’ of Tunisia at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on the 17th of November 2020.

 

Countries all over the continent have been playing domestic games behind closed doors due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, but Tanzania is an exception with the country being one of a few countries in the world who are Covid-free.

Since the resumption of the domestic league in June the country’s football loving spectators have been attending games to support their local clubs in the league. 

As covered by this publication last week two of Tanzania’s biggest clubs (Simba S.C and Yanga S.C) went head-to-head for bragging rights in the Kariakoo derby, a game which ended in a fiery 1-1 draw at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium. 

Captain Mbwana Samatta will be leading his charges as they first travel away to Tunisia on the 13th of November and later host the return leg four days later in the city of Dar es Salaam.

Tanzania will be looking to get a positive result against Tunisia after losing 2-1 against Libya in the last group game away from home. Tunisia beat Libya 4-1 in the opening qualifier and narrowly edged Equatorial Guinea 1-0 on match day two of qualification. The winner of these two games will be the favourite to top the group. 

The Fenerbahçe striker has been the main man up-front for the ‘Taifa Stars’ of Tanzania for the past few years and even led the East Africans to the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.

The North Africans on the other hand will be relying on players like Saint-Etienne’s Wahbi Khazri, Olympique Lyon’s Saif Khaoui and Juventus’s Hamza Rafia who are all expected to be the spine of a Tunisian team that has a 100% record in the qualifiers so far. 

From Friday there will be a host of games across the continent as all the CAF member countries continue their road to AFCON 2021 in Cameroon. 

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By Prince Sobayeni

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