INJURED overlapping right-back Shomari Kapombe will not be in the national team, Taifa Stars squad which will jet off to Rwanda today.
Stars will face the Amavubi in the return leg of the second round of 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers to be held this weekend at the Nyamirambo Stadium in Kigali.
Salum Mayanga’s charges face a must win situation or force a draw of more than one goal to enter the next stage of the qualifiers after they played out to a 1-1 draw in the first leg encounter last Saturday at the CCM-Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza.
A barren draw will see them bundled out of the campaign, whose finals will be staged next year in Kenya. And to make it worse, Stars squad has been depleted with Kapombe out injured.
The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), Media and Communications Officer , Alfred Lucas said yesterday in Dar es Salaam that the right- back will not be part of Stars squad, which will travel to Kigali.
“Following his leg injury sustained during the first leg match held in Mwanza, Kapombe will not travel with the rest of the team,” said Lucas. Kapombe failed to continue with the match at the Kirumba Stadium in 15 minute of the game and was stretched out.
He was replaced by Boniface Maganga. Rwanda’s Amavubi took the lead in the 17 minute through Dominique Nshuti before Himid Mao cancelled it in the 34 minute through a spot kick.
According to Lucas, Stars squad will jet off from Mwanza via Dar es Salaam to Kigali where they face their opponents on Saturday in a do or die match. “Stars contingent will leave Mwanza by Air Tanzania in the morning for Dar es Salaam, where they will connect with Rwanda Air to Kigali,” said Lucas.
The squad which is expected to jet to Kigali today comprises goalkeepers; Aishi Manula, Said Mohammed and Ramadhan Kabwili. Defenders; Hassan Ramadhan Kessy, Gadiel Michael, Amim Abdulkarim , Erasto Nyoni, Salim Mbonde, Nurdin Chona and Salmin Hoza.
Midfielders are; skipper Himid Mao, Muzamiru Yassin, Said Ndemla and Raphael Daudi Attackers are; Simon Msuva, Shiza Kichuya, Stamili Mbonde, John Bocco, Kevin Sabato, Athanas Mdamu and Joseph Mahundi.
Taifa Stars should be on their guard as their opponent are planning to finish them off in the return leg clash. Amavubi head coach Antoine Hey has saluted his players following the 1-1 away draw against Stars in the first-leg.
Tanzania and Rwanda have met 15 times, each side winning on six occasions, while three matches have ended in draws.
The winners between Tanzania and Rwanda will face either Uganda or South Sudan in the third and final qualification round due next month where only eventual winners will qualify to represent the East and Central Africa Zone, alongside hosts Kenya.
The CHAN tournament, which is reserved for players who feature in their respective domestic leagues across Africa, will be staged from January 11 to February 2 next year in Kenya.
DR Congo are the defending champions after beating Mali 4-0 in the title match at Amahoro National Stadium in Rwanda in the 2016 edition. Taifa Stars have failed to make it into the finals since their debut in 2009 and Mayanga is looking for the opportunity of having another chance to appear for the second time in the 2018 finals.
Then under Brazilian tactician Marcio Maximo, Stars participated in the first CHAN tournament staged in Ivory Coast.