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Tanzania 2-0 Malawi: What did we learn from Taifa Stars win?

10:20 EAT 14/06/2021
John Bocco of Tanzania celebrates vs Malawi.
Goal picks out some lessons from the convincing result against the visiting Flames at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on Sunday

  • Tanzania squad.

    What caught the eye between Tanzania vs Malawi?

    Tanzania needed an improved second-half display to sink Malawi 2-0 in an international friendly at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on Sunday but what caught the eye in the convincing victory that helped the East African nation hand coach Kim Poulsen his second win in charge of the Taifa Stars?

  • Aishi Manula of Tanzania vs Juma Kaseja.

    In Manula Taifa Stars have save pair of hands

    The Simba SC custodian was handed a start ahead of veteran Juma Kaseja of Kagera Sugar and Metacha Mnata of rivals Yanga SC and he did not disappoint as he kept the Taifa Stars in the game, especially in the first half when the visitors dominated with some attacking football.

    The 25-year-old pulled off two-point blank saves - first to deny Peter Banda after being set up by Richard Mbulu before punching out for a fruitless corner, another one-on-one situation with Malawi striker Gabadinho Mhango - to keep the score at 0-0 at the half-time break.

    At the start of the second period, Manula once again kept the Taifa Stars in the game with another top-class save, leaping high to tip a well-curled free-kick from captain Mhango over the bar, and it was from this juncture that the hosts started to dominate the game and managed to get the two goals that extinguished the Flames at Mkapa Stadium.

  • John Bocco scores for Tanzania.

    No Samatta no problem as Bocco shines

    The Taifa Stars went into the friendly without two of their key players – Mbwana Samatta, who plays for Aston Villa, and Simon Msuva, who turns out for Wydad Casablanca of Morroco - but coach Poulsen handed the responsibilities of leading the attacking line and captaincy armband to Simba striker John Bocco.

    The towering striker was returning to the squad after missing the last three matches owing to injury but he did not disappoint as he led the way in emphatic style, giving his team the lead after unleashing a right-footed effort from outside the box after a good delivery from substitute Kibu Denisi in the 69th minute.

    Bocco, who is currently enjoying a fine run of form at Simba, was also involved in the build-up to the second goal as he combined well with Kisu before the latter was fouled just outside the box. Up stepped Israel Mwenda, who calmly planted the ball past the Malawi wall and left goalkeeper Brighton Munthali rooted to the ground.

  • Tanzania and Taifa Stars Kim Poulsen in Dar.

    Poulsen tactics pays dividends

    The Danish coach went into the friendly searching for his second win since replacing Burundian Etienne Ndayiragije and he knew nothing less than victory will push the Tanzanians to have faith in him, having overseen three matches – losing the first two against Kenya and Equatorial Guinea before beating Libya by a solitary goal.

    After a poor first-half display which saw Malawi dominate proceedings and almost take the lead were it not for the Manula heroics, the 62-year-old read the game well and came into the second period with tactical changes - pulling out Shomari Kapombe for Mwenda, Erasto Nyoni for Kennedy Juma and Feisal Salum for Kibu. It was from this point after Manula had pulled off his third good save that the Taifa Stars took control of the game.

    It was Kibu who set up Bocco for the opening goal and he was also involved as he combined well with the captain of the day to earn the free-kick which resulted in the second goal, scored by another substitute in Mwenda to help Tanzania maintain their good run of results against Malawi at home.

  • Tanzania and Simba SC defender Shomari Kapombe vs Malawi.

    Kapombe had bad day in office

    The 29-year-old defender has enjoyed a good run of form this season with Simba, helping them to reach the quarter-finals of the Caf Champions League and take command of the Mainland Premier League table but his display against Malawi left more questions than answers as he could not cover Manula well.

    When the Flames were attacking, Kapombe was twice found out of his position and it needed the alert Manula to keep the team in the game with two fine saves, and he also committed a clumsy foul on Malawi forward Chimwemwe Idana, whose free-kick almost resulted in a goal at a time when the Taifa Stars were off their game.

    He was later substituted by Poulsen with Mwenda, who turns out for Kinondoni Municipal Council KMC FC coming on, and the game changed for the better as his replacement scored the second goal from a brilliant free-kick which beat the wall and keeper Munthali into the net.

  • Malawi squad vs Tanzania.

    Malawi can sting with full squad

    The Flames went into the friendly missing the services of their coach Meck Mwase, who tested positive for Covid-19 as the team was planning to depart for Dar es Salaam, alongside his assistant Lovemore Fazili and defender Peter Cholopi.

    On top of that, they were missing the services of vice-captain John Banda, Gerald Phiri Junior, and Francisco Madinga. Mzava and Phiri, who were left behind because of injuries while Banda and Madinga were excused due to club commitments.

    But despite missing the aforementioned players, the young Malawi squad, led by assistant coach Bob Mpinganjira, proved their worth especially in the first half, when they threw everything at Tanzania but they could not get a goal. Had they come with their full strength squad, then maybe the outcome would have been different and they could have got something from the match.