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  • 16 June 2013
  • • 14:00
  • • Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar-es-Salaam
  • Referee: M. Abid Charef
  • • Attendance: 60000
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In the absence of Didier Drogba, can Gervinho deliver for the Elephants?

Tanzania – Cote D’Ivoire Preview: Taifa Stars urged to avoid another setback

In the absence of Didier Drogba, can Gervinho deliver for the Elephants?

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After losing 2-1 to Morocco last week, Tanzania want to exploit home advantage against the star-studded Elephants to keep their head above water in Group C

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

TANZANIA
South Africa
Kaseja
Morris,Kapombe,Maftah
Kazimoto,Nditi, Abubakar,Nyoso
Bocco,Samata,Ngasa


COTE D'IVOIE
Morocco
Copa
Bamba, Boka, Traore,
Zokora, Yaya, Ya,Serrey
Gervinho,Kone, Kalou


Both teams met exactly a year ago in the Ivorian commercial capital Abidjan during the reverse fixture which ended 2-0 for Cote D’Ivoire, and with only slight changes made to the two squads since then, a number of known faces will be available to watch on Sunday in a match to make or break Tanzania in the World Cup qualifying.

The Taifa Stars are second placed in Group C with 6 points behind their weekend visitors the Elephants, who are leading the lot with 10 points, while Morocco come third with 5 points but may likely overpower their weekend’s opposition Gambia, who are already eliminated, to strengthen their status in the group, which is a strong warning to Tanzania.

Although fresh from their last weekend’s 3-0 victory against Gambia at home, Cote D’Ivoire’s performance was far from being satisfactory, fuelling criticisms back home about the competence of Sabri Lamouchi, who is taking up his first job as a coach.

Pulling off a win in Dar Es Salaam will help the Ivorians edge closer to claiming the group’s berth to the next round of qualifying. However, surmounting the Taifa hurdle will require more strength and tactics from the West Africans than what they used to trounce the Scorpions last weekend.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Tanzania have qualified only once for the Africa Cup of Nations in the 1980 edition, crashing out in the first round

  • Tanzania are now 109 on the Fifa monthly ranking after gaining seven places from last month, while Cote D’Ivoire are 13th

  • Since 1981 two German coaches, two Brazilian coaches and two Danish coaches have managed the Tanzania team among others

  • Cote D’Ivoire FA expelled from the current squad two players Gossso Gosso Jean Jacques and Abdul Razak for fighting during a training session

  • Newcastle’s Cheik Tiote may likely not play against Tanzania after reporting an ankle injury this week

  • Arsenal’s Gervinho returns to the team after serving out his two yellow cards

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Tanzania

Côte d'Ivoire

Wins
0
0
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Tanzania TAN
Tanzania Tanzania
Draw
Côte d'Ivoire CIV
Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire
47%
21%
32%

Top 3 Predictions

Tanzania TAN
2 - 1
Côte d'Ivoire CIV
Tanzania TAN
1 - 1
Côte d'Ivoire CIV
Tanzania TAN
0 - 2
Côte d'Ivoire CIV

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