Taifa Stars new Coach Jan Poulsen has named a 27-man squad for the pre African Cup of Nations qualifications buildup against Egypt Cairo on August 11th including four foreign based players.
The Danish coach also has decided to call goalkeeper Juma Kaseja from Tanzaian’s Champions Simba, who was locked out of the national team by previous coach Marcio Maximo since March 2007 for disciplinary reasons. Also in the squad is midfielder Athumani Iddi who was overlooked by Maximo, equally claimed to be indiscipline.
The rest of the squad members are those who were called for the last game against Brazil last June. Three players, defenders David Naftal and Dickson Daudi as well as Goalkeeper Muharami Mohamed from Mozambique side Ferroviarrio Maputo have been dropped.
Poulsen pointed out clearly that he has decided to call Kaseja and Iddi knowingly that the previous coach had reason to leave the out of the national team squad.
‘I understand why they were left out, but mistakes committed by a player can not be a life sentence and therefore being banned from playing the national team, this is a benefit of having a new coach’ he told the gathering journalist.
‘Every one have a responsibility, players, technical staff, sponsors, Federation, media and all the public we should work together for a common goal.
On the prospective achievements the Dane who won the Euro 1992 as Denmark’ assistant coach, said it was easy to say that we want to qualify for Cup of Nations or win the Challenge Cup (East and Central Africa championship) but that is not important as everyone can say that, in Kenya, Uganda and Burundi everybody says that.
‘What is crucial is what we are supposed to do to achieve that goal’ he sad admitting that this year is a very challenging for him and his team’. Said the former Technical Director of Denmark, Singapore ad Jordan, where he qualified for FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007.
Taifa Stars start the campaign to search a place at the 2012 Cup of Nations against Algeria early September in Algiers before facing Morocco at home in October. The fourth team in group D is Central Africa Republic.
Full squad: Goalkeepers; Shaban Hassan (Mtibwa Sugar), Jackson Chove Azam (FC) and Juma Kaseja Simba. Full backs; Shadrack Nsajigwa (Yanga), Salum Kanoni (Simba), Stephao Mwasika (Yanga) Juma Jabu (Simba) and Idrissa Rajabu (Sofapaka, Kenya). Cetral defenders; Nadir Haroub (Yanga), Kevin Yondani (Simba), Aggrey Morris (Azam), and Erasto Nyoni (Azam). Midfielders; Nurdin Bakari (Yanga), Abdulhalim Humoud (Simba), Henry Joseph(Kongsvinger, Norway), Athumani Iddi (Yanga), Nizar Khalfan (Vancouver Whitecaps, USA), Jabir Aziz (Azam), Kigi Makasi (Yanga), Abdi Kassim (Yanga) Uhuru Selemani (Simba) and Seleman Kassim (Azam). Forwards; Mrisho Ngasa(Azam), John Bocco (Azam), Mussa Hassan Mgosi (Simba) Jerson Tegete Yanga and Danny Mrwanda (DT Long An, Vietnam).