Tanzania: Kabwili Surprise Package in New Stars

YOUNG Africans goalkeeper Ramadhan Kabwili has been included in the 28-member Taifa Stars squad set to pitch camp on August 24th for World Cup qualifiers against Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar.

The country’s senior team has been lined up to play DR Congo on September 2nd at TP Mazembe Stadium in Lubumbashi prior to hosting Madagascar at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam five days later on September 7th.

Head Coach Kim Poulsen unveiled his arsenal yesterday at Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) headquarters in the city ahead of the major football tournaments.

In his brief remarks, Poulsen noted that the selection of the players has been based on the performance of the players in the Mainland Premier League and how they performed in the past international friendly match against Malawi.

He also narrated that another criteria he has used to pick some of them is on the way they played in the Under-23 CECAFA tournament in Ethiopia where they clinched the title.

Moreover, he said the called team is the combination of experienced and the upcoming players with the latter being groomed for future national team responsibilities.

“For instance, in the beginning, I have picked four goalkeepers but we will travel with three shot stoppers. Two of them are experienced and the other two are still young whom I believe have potential for the future,” he said.

He continued: “If you remember, during my first days in Tanzania, Aishi Manula used to be the young goalkeeper among the experienced ones but he was groomed until now he is the number one goalie.”