Ahead of an international friendly against Burundi, Tanzania national team coach Etienne Ndayiragije has expressed concern at a lack of goals from the home-based strikers.
The man in charge of the Taifa Stars has pointed out that the top scorers in the Tanzanian Mainland Premier League are foreign-based players – a worrying trend as far as the national team is concerned.
“Over the weekend, all three big teams in the country played and won. For instance, Simba won four goals, and all the goals were netted by foreign-based players like Meddie Kagere who scored twice, Chris Mugalu and Louis Miquissone,” Ndayiragije told Daily News.
“Young Africans (Yanga) also won 3-0 and all the goals were scored by imported players who are Carlinho Fernandes ‘Carlinhos’, Haruna Niyonzima, and Yacouba Sogne, the same applied to Azam FC who won 4-2. As such, we really have scoring problems when it comes to the national team level.”
Ndayiragije is busy preparing the Taifa Stars for a clash with his home country’s national team, Burundi, set for Sunday 11 October at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar Es Salaam.
The Swallows will be great opponents for Tanzania, according to Ndayiragije, as they gear up for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier double-header against Tunisia next month.