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
Bamba, Boka, Traore,
Zokora, Yaya, Ya,Serrey
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.
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