Tanzania name squad fro clash with SudanBy MAJUTO OMARY in Dar es Salaam | Wednesday, April 11 2012 at 10:37
Tanzania coach Kim Poulsen has drafted DR Congo-based striker Thomas Ulimwengu in his 21-man provisional squad for this month’s Africa Under-20 soccer championship qualifier against Sudan.
Ulimwengu, now featuring in the Africa Champions League with TP Mazembe, is the only professional in Poulsen’s squad for the first leg match set for April 21 at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam.
Unveiling his team Tuesday, Poulsen said he was optimistic the striker’s form would help in Ngorongoro Heroes’ quest for an impressive performance in the continental tournament.
Also on the list are promising youngsters who feature for top clubs in Tanzania's Vodacom Premier League.
They are Omega Seme and Atupele Green from the Mainland champions Young Africans, Ramadhan Singano of Simba, Azam FC’s Aishi Salum and Issa Rashid of Mtibwa Sugar.
Others are Amani Kyata (African Lyon), Saleh Ally Malande (Simba), Hassan Khamis Kessy (Mtibwa Sugar), Said Ruhava Samir (Falcon, Zanzibar), Carlos Protus Kilenge (TSC Mwanza), Dizzana Issa Yarouk (Azam) and Emily Mgeta Josiah (TSC Mwanza).
The list also has Khamis Jamal (Mtibwa Sugar), Frank James Sekule (Simba), Frank Domayo Raymond (JKT Ruvu), Abdallah Kilala Hussein (Falcon, Pemba) and Ibrahim Rajab Juma of Villa Squad.
Ruvu Shooting’s Hassan Saleh Dilunga, Alhaje Said Zege (JKT Ruvu), Jerome Lambele Reuben (Moro United) and Simon Msuvan Happygod of Moro United are also in the Dane’s squad.
Ulimwengu was the only player missing when the team reported at camp Tuesday.
The return leg will take place in Khartoum, Sudan between May 4 and 6.
Tanzania Football Federation (TFFI information officer Boniface Wambura said Ulimwengu would join the team four days before the Sudan match
“Ulimwengu, as a professional player, will join the national youth team four days before the match. This is in accordance with the Fifa rules,” said Wambura.
Wambura voiced optimism that Ngorongoro Heroes would do well in the qualifying matches.
“Our target is not only to eliminate Sudan, but also qualify for the finals to be held in Algiers, Algeria next year,” he said.
The top four teams in the Algeria finals will qualify for the World Cup Under-20 Championship scheduled for June, next year in Turkey.
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