The Tanzania Football Federation, TFF has finalized arrangements for an international friendly match against Egypt on January 7 as part of the Taifa Stars’ preparations for the 2023 African Cup of Nations.
This friendly is scheduled to take place in Egypt where Taifa Stars will pitch camp before leaving for Ivory Coast where the 2023 African Cup of Nations will take place. The two sides also met in a friendly in the build up to the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
Taifa Stars’ training camp commenced in Dar on Monday, where the initial phase of preparations involves a friendly with Zanzibar Heroes before the team travels to Egypt this weekend.
Tanzania were drawn in Group F where Taifa Stars will come up against Morocco, DR Congo and Zambia. Morocco and Zambia are also part of Tanzania qualifying group for the 2026 World Cup.
Taifa Stars will play their group stage matches in the town of San-Pédro, 350 km from Abidjan. They will play on the fifth day of the tournament, Wednesday January 17 at 6:00 p.m as they take on World Cup semi- finalist Morocco, a side they have faced in five previous encounters.
Three days later, they will take on neighbours Zambia on Sunday January 21 before concluding their Group stage campaign on 24 January against DR Congo. Group winners, runners-up and the best four third-placed teams will advance to the round of 16.
Last week, the Tanzania Football Federation submitted a preliminary 55-man squad to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), with the final 27-man roster set to be unveiled on January 3,exactly ten days to the opening match.
The long list headlined by Mbwana Samatta has several new names of players with Tanzanian roots playing in European leagues including Norwegian topflight top scorer, Amahl Pellegrino who turns out for FK Bodø/Glimt.
Others are Adam Nditi, Zion Nditi (Aldershot Town) Roberto Nditi (Forfar Athletic), Ayoub Bilal (FK Gorazde), Tarryn Allarakhia (Wealdstone), Miano Danilo, Twariq Ahmed (Telford United), Mark John (Kingstone), Mohammed Ali (Boreham Wood) and Adam Kasa (IFK Haninge).
Tanzania qualified for the 34th edition of the African Cup of Nations by finishing second in Group F of the qualifiers with eight points behind Algeria who dropped just two points in six games.
Taifa Stars picked two victories, against Uganda (0-1) and Niger (1-0), drew two matches away from their bases, against Niger (1-1) and Algeria (0-0). There were also two home losses against Algeria (0-2) and Uganda (0-1).