Tanzania cancels Chad game to play SA

2011-04-27 00:00

DAR ES SALAAM — Tanzania national team coach Jan Poulsen yesterday called off a proposed international friendly match against Chad in order to accommodate a mouth-watering friendly game against Bafana Bafana in the capital, Dar es Salaam, on May 14.

The Fifa website has listed Tanzania to be playing South Africa on May 14 and then Chad on May 17, but Poulsen yesterday revealed to Tanzanian national paper The Citizen that he is only aware of the South Africa game and has thus instructed the Tanzanian Football Federation (TFF) officials to cancel the Chad match.

The Citizen quoted Poulsen saying that he could not play two friendly games within three days and accused match agents of releasing the information to the Fifa website before confirming the match with the TFF. As far as he is concerned, he is focused on the game against South Africa.

“With our match against South Africa on May 14,” said Poulsen, “it will be impossible to then play Chad three days later, and so the latter game has been called off.

“But the South Africa game will provide us with a perfect tune-up ahead of the African Nations Cup qualifier against Central African Republic in early June.”.

South African national coach Pitso Mosimane is also aware of the invitation from Tanzania to play the Taifa Stars on the proposed date, but according to the man who has lifted Bafana Bafana to an impressive fifth position in Africa on the Fifa rankings, the federation was until Monday working out the finer details of the match.

What could work out in favour of Mosimane is that the proposed date falls within the same weekend that the South African version of the English FA Cup — the Nedbank Cup — will be played and the league programme would be suspended.

In addition, all the top teams except Orlando Pirates have already been eliminated from the Nedbank Cup competition, which means there will be enough players for Mosimane to select a strong squad to play the Taifa Stars.

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