How will Tanzania Line up against Algeria?


The defense virtually picks itself for the crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Algeria on Saturday.

Ally Mustapha is expected to keep his place between the posts.  Mwinyi Haji will settle on the left, Shomari Kapombe on the right. Nadir Haroub will continue as captain alongside Kelvin Yondani in central defense.

The midfield is the biggest area of decision for coach Mkwasa ahead of the match with the midfield combo of Himid Mao and Said Ndemla unconvincing performance in both legs against Malawi.

Mkwasa started Himid, Mudathir and Ndemla in the defeat to Malawi but the combination were overwhelmed by Malawi in both matches.

He has no choice but to tweak his midfield. Jonas Mkude and Abubakar Salum have been recalled but this has only added more questions than answers to Mkwasa.

Jonas Mkude and Himid Mao might be preferred at the base of the midfield. While Mudathir Yahya can play as an attacking midfielder.

Malimi Busungu might support Thomas Ulimwengu and Mbwana Samatta in case either Ngassa or Farid Mussa is dropped. Busungu’s physical approach and ability to play anywhere in front can see him get the nod ahead of Ngassa or Farid

Frank Domayo and Salum Abubakar chances are limited, the former has struggled to recapture his pre-injury form while the latter aversion to put a defensive shift is a risk too high for Mkwasa to take.

Based on his Vodacom Premier League form and Taifa Stars training sessions, Elias Maguli seems to have done enough to overtake John Bocco as the preferred substitute striker.  It is very likely he’ll come off the bench in the second half.

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