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The east African youngsters have a one-goal advantage ahead of the clash against their Nigerian counterparts

A buoyant Tanzania U23 team flew to Nigeria today for the return leg of the 2012 Olympic Games qualifier against the Flying Eagles on Saturday.

The Taifa Stars youngsters head into the encounter with a 1-0 advantage, but face a tall order to send the Nigerians packing on their home soil.

Their coach Jamhuri Kihwelu expressed his optimism of mustering positive results and sailing through to the final stages of qualifying.

"Our Achilles heel was in the midfield, but with the addition of Jabir Aziz and Mbwana Samatta, I'm 100 per cent confident that we'll spring another surprise," he told Daily Nation.

The tactician believes his charges will nick the needed points when they face Nigeria in Benin City, in what promises to be a nail-baiting showdown.

"We're going there for either a win or draw, defeat is not what my players are thinking about. We can't let this chance slip through our fingers.

“I would prefer a counter-attacking game plan while defending deeply, it's true the Nigerians will put us under a lot of pressure, but I've a tactical way of containing them," the coach said.

Striker Mrisho Ngassa, who has yet to play a single match for the Under-23 team, will also not travel due to alleged indiscipline.

Team skipper Salum Telela said, "The mood is great. The players have been in high spirits during training and are working hard to improve their fitness levels."


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