Stars coach set to unveil squad

Taifa Stars head coach, Marcio Maximo.

Taifa Stars head coach Marcio Maximo has said he will make public a line-up of players expected to feature in the four-nation tournament in the first week of November.

The players are expected to assemble in Dar es Salaam to gear up for the tourney set for mid of the next month.

The call will be made soon after the end of the first half of the Mainland premier soccer league as players would join the training camp ahead of the tourney.

The Brazilian coach, who is serving his fourth year after renewing his contract twice, said soccer fans should expect to see additional new faces in the next call.

The coach, known for his frequent changes of the national team, said he has seen other players during the ongoing Mainland premiership impressive enough to don the national team jerseys.

Maximo is not intending to overhaul the entire squad but insisted on the need to include some young players who have exhibited brilliant skills during the premiership season.

The coach did not rule out to call back Tanzanian professionals who are featuring in foreign leagues elsewhere in the world.

He said the need to recall the professionals is based on underlining their importance and credibility to their respective teams, as well as role model for upcoming young domestic players.

The four-nation tourney will also be used as a training ground for the Mainland soccer team expected to feature in the Senior Challenge Cup scheduled for Nairobi at the end of November through December.

Both the four-nation and Challenge Cup are perfect stages for Tanzanian players to sharpen their skills ahead of the CHAN qualifiers next year.

Tanzania Football Federation, TFF, is yet to announce countries expected to feature in the four-nation tourney.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN

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