14 April 2019 07:18
Tanzania head coach, Oscar Mirambo believes that his side had enough preparation for the tournament and particularly to face Nigeria in the opening fixture this Sunday at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam.
“I think we are ready to face Nigeria in the opening match. We had enough preparations ahead of the tournament and now we are looking forward for the best performance.”
Unveiling about his tactics, he said; “We will play attacking football and try to create enough chances to score. I am satisfied with the performance of the forward line as we have scored an average of two goals per game in all games we have played so far but still we can improve.”
“In real sense we don’t match Nigeria because they have been in this tournament several times, but this is different because at this level you don’t retain the same squad for another tournament so we can still perform better than them.”
However, Nigeria head coach, Manu Garba is adamant that their best records on the opening fixtures on different tournaments are a big boost for them ahead of the fixture.
“It is not a pressure for us to play against the hosts in the opening fixture. In these youth categories we had beaten the likes of Ghana and Morocco in opening fixtures and with good goal margins and hope we will do the same tomorrow.”
Garba acknowledges that Tanzania is a good team but urge that his side will be much better tomorrow; “I saw Tanzania in Turkey earlier on March, they play good passing football like many teams are doing now in the world. But this is not something to concern us because we are the best team.”
The 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner, Garba said their main target in this tournament is to qualify for the world cup and he believes that they will achieve it because they are taking game after game.
Meanwhile, Tanzania skipper Abraham Morice, could not hide his joy after the MVP and top scorer of the CECAFA Zonal qualifier, Kelvin John recover from injury and he is ready for the tournament.
“I am also happy with his return, we were shocked when he got injured in the invitational tournament in Rwanda, but now we believe he will do well in this tournament like he did before,” said Morice, who assisted 18 times in the last 23 games.
Nigeria captain, Tijjani Samson is confident that the opening game will not be tough for them as they are well prepared. “We don’t care about what Tanzania can do and the goals they have scored in the past, this is different team and we will play well to win.”
“We are taking each game differently so that we can do better. We don’t know how Tanzania play and they don’t know us either so it will be a good game.”