Mrisho Ngasa’s second half goal was enough for Jan Poulsen's charges to elbow the plucky Palestinian Knights in an international friendly played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday evening.
Stars kicked off brightly and had their first meaningful attempt on goal four minutes from the start when Musa Mgosi tested Palestine shot-stopper Abdallah Sidawi with a long range drive that the 'keeper palmed to safety.
The teams headed for the breather tied to a barren draw but in the second half, Stars made a number of substitutions that breathed some life into their offensive play. And finally in the 63rd minute, Mrisho Ngasa notched the lone goal of the match after being set up by Banka.
A minute after his goal, Ngasa was rested by Poulsen in favour of Julius Mrope as the home team fought for a morale-booster ahead of next month’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Central African Republic.
Despite the defeat, Palestine, rated as minnows in the FIFA World ranking, briefly put Poulsen’s team at bay in the first half, and one time they seemed destined to upset the hosts.