Twiga Stars go full throttle against Namibians today

TWIGA Stars are ready to diffuse Namibians as they meet in the first leg of the AFCON qualification match at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam today.

The Cosafa champions, Tanzanian women senior soccer team are ready to make a good impression against the ‘Brave Gladiators’ as they need to qualify for 2022 afcon.

Tanzania women stars will be looking to establish a healthy advantage at home soil before Sunday’s return clash.

“All Twiga Stars’ eyes must be looking for the Namibians foreign-based stars, Zenatha Coleman who plays in Spain and Veweziua Kotjipati (Germany),” John Mike, one of the football lovers in Tanzania warns the Twiga Stars.

Namibia will host the second leg match against the buoyant Twiga Stars in Johannesburg this weekend.

After adding the senior title to their collection earlier this month, Tanzania now hold titles in all the women’s categories in Cosafa, under-17, under-20 and senior football.

The aggregate winner advances to the final round of the qualifiers for a spot at the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations.

The tournament, to be hosted by Morocco from 2 to 23 July 2022, is the 12th edition of the continental showpiece.

The competition also doubles as the African qualifiers for the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup. Only the top four teams at the Afcon finals in Morocco qualify for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

But, two more teams will advance to the inter-confederation playoffs.

Defending champions Nigeria are again the favourites and could retain the title they won in 2014, 2016 and 2018. The 2020 edition, which would have been the first to feature 12 teams, was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.