Tanzania National Football Team, Taifa Stars will play another international friendly match against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on March 27.
The game comes five days after Taifa Stars accepted a 4-1 defeat from Algeria in a warm up match ahead of their 2019 AFCON qualifiers. In the qualifiers Tanzania is placed in group L with the likes of Uganda, Cape Verde and Lesotho.
Taifa Stars head coach Salum Mayanga who rumors suggest will be sacked after this game, will be hoping to end his job on a high by getting a positive result against Congo who are ranked in the 39th position by FIFA.
Unlike Tanzania, this will be the first friendly game for DR Congo under their coach Florent Ibenge in this FIFA week calendar.
Congo played their last game in a World Cup qualifiers game against Guinea on November 11 last year and although they won 3-1 it proved not enough for them to qualify and the chance went to Tunisia.
Ahead of this friendly with Tanzania who are ranked in the146th position by Fifa, DR Congo have summoned a strong squad featuring most of ther elite players from abroad.
This will be a chance for coach Ibenge to also get prepared for the upcoming AFCON qualifiers where DR Congo are placed in group G with the likes Liberia, Congo Brazzaville and Zimbabwe.
Head to Head
This will be the sixth time the two teams are facing each other, in their past five games, Tanzania have won twice, lost twice and drawn once.
The last time they met was six years ago in Dar es Salaam in another friendly clash and the results were 0-0.
In 1997 when the two countries met each other for the first time, Tanzania defeated Congo 2-1 in an AFCON qualifying match.
Players to watch
The name of Mbwana Samatta will not be forgotten easily in DR Congo. The former TP Mazembe man spent four years in the capital Lubumbashi and his name was chanted nearly every week in the football grounds.
He is the man who helped crown TP Mazembe the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup titles in his four years stay at the club before he departed for Belgium to join KRC Genk.
Now he will be relishing the chance to meet with some of his old friends but this time as opponents and he will be key for Tanzania because he knows the Congolese style of play. The 24 years old has 14 goals for his country.
Meanwhile, Democratic Republic of Congo have striker Cedric Bakambu who in January signed for China’s Beijing Guoan in what is understood to be an African transfer record.
His incredible goal scoring form this season earned him the big money move from Spain to China.
He is the only African player to ever to receive a La Liga Player of the Month award, Bakambu was one of the top scorers in La Liga with nine goals when he left Villarreal in January.
The 27 years old has scored seven goals for DR Congo. He will be a key player for the visitors especially in their striking line.
In the last five matches, Tanzania have drawn three times and lost twice to Algeria who have scored a total of 11 goals in two games.
Meanwhile, DR Congo have won twice, drawing two times and lost once to Tunisia on September 2017.