Tanzania coach Adel Amrouche had admitted he was not impressed with the performance of some players during their friendly match against Egypt.
Taifa Stars suffered a 2-0 defeat at Cairo International Stadium in Egypt with Mahmoud Hassan and Mohamed Salah contributing one goal each for the Pharaohs in each half of the game. And after the match, the Taifa Stars squad left Egypt for Ivory Coast where the prestigious continental finals will be staged with 24 teams battling for the African glory.
“I know what we have, I think if you have 200 shillings in your pocket, you cannot travel to Kigoma…we must be realistic, there are some players who have failed to deliver, though I thought they could,” said Amrouche as quoted by Daily News.
“This is a reality, you saw, it is not about the names, we need players who can do something…I am happy with some players, equally, I am not happy about some, and they know that we did not have enough time to correct all of them. I am happy for the comeback of Mohamed Hussein and Tarryn Allarakhia… there are some players who give satisfaction while others do not.”
On his part skipper Mbwana Samatta said facing Egypt was a befitting test ahead of their 2023 AFCON mission. “As I said two days before the match, I think Egypt have a good national team and it was a perfect weighing match for us before we kick off our AFCON campaign against Morocco. I think the coach has discovered the areas that need to be improved for us to be a much better side in the upcoming competitive games.”
Samatta added: “Of course, we are in a tough group but based on preparations the team had, I am sure that we are going to achieve tangible results.”
Placed in Group F, Taifa Stars will launch their AFCON campaign by facing Morocco on January 17 at Stade de San Pedro before hosting Zambia at the same venue on January 21. Their last group stage fixture will be against DR Congo on January 24 at Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium.