NATIONAL staff, Taifa Stars fired blanks as they suffered a 1-0 defeat by the hands of visiting Burundi in an Worldwide FIFA date pleasant match on the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salam yesterday.
An 85- minute strike by Saidi Ntibazonkiza annoyed the house aspect, which completed the sport with a person down after holding midfielder Jonas Mkude was proven crimson card for a second bookable offence.
The defeat implies that Taifa Stars Head Coach, Etienne Ndayiragije has to work laborious to sharpen his squad, particularly the placing drive that lacked a superb coordination.
It was necessary for Taifa Stars to win the match, not solely to hunt for the promotion of the FIFA rankings, but in addition to check their health as they put together for a double-header Africa cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier conflict towards Tunisia in November.
The primary conflict will likely be held in Tunis on November thirteenth 2020 earlier than the return leg to be performed in Dar es Salaam every week later.
It didn’t take some time for the match to warmth up with both sides creating possibilities however Stars seemed a aspect extra more likely to rating.
Taking part in earlier than the presence of Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, Stars have been left to rue and pay closely for his or her ineptness, particularly within the first 45 opening minutes, by which they threw away a few good scoring alternatives.
The guests confirmed stiff opposition all through, threatening with Saido Berahino, who options for Zulte Waregem in Belgium enjoying as an remoted striker upfront.
Simon Msuva, who options for Morocco high division aspect Diffa El Jadidi, lacked his standard sharpness in entrance of the objective, most likely as a consequence of lack of match health. Morocco league was suspended for some time as a consequence of Covid-19 influence.
Skipper Mbwana Samatta seemed sharp however was effectively marshaled by Burundian defenders. Samatta, who has simply joined Fenerbahce FC of Turkey from English Premier League aspect Aston Villa was a continuing risk making runs behind defenders and at some event taking a few defenders contained in the field.
Idd Selemani was the livelier of Taifa Stars attackers and within the sixth minute, the Azam FC extensive man virtually hit the goal however goalkeeper was effectively positioned to gather the ball.
Samatta got here shut within the sixteenth minute however his aspect header narrowly sailed extensive and within the twenty first referee Martin Saanya ignored Stars gamers shout for penalty after Samatta was shoved down within the field. The striker raced to a Selemani’s cross, minimize by way of two defenders however was bundled down.
After half an hour mark Feisal Salum’s effectively pushed shot exterior 18 metres did not hit the goal.
After the break, Stars maintained stress however the story remained the identical, losing likelihood after likelihood.
And, as time glided by, the wave turned towards the house staff as Etienne Ndayiragije fees have been lowered to 10 males within the seventy fifth minute when Mkude was despatched out for a second bookable offence, after being concerned right into a fierce battle with Saidi Ntibazonkiza.
Ndayiragije needed to name out captain Samatta for Ally Msengi ten minutes to time in his efforts to strengthen the placing drive. The modifications did not work out for Stars.
5 minutes earlier than the ultimate whistle, Burundi, dubbed ‘the Swallows’ netted the solitary objective when Ntaziborane’s lengthy vary went into the online untouched.
Taifa Stars made a number of different modifications, calling in Mzamiru Yassin for Faisal Salum and Thomas Ulimwengu changed Abdallah Sebo.