By Emmanuel Muga
Dar es Salaam
Tanzania has confirmed its new 60,000 all-seater stadium in Dar es Salaam will host next month's final Group 7 qualifier between the Taifa Stars and Mozambique.
Tanzania's new stadium will be used by the Taifa Stars
The announcement by Sports Minister Mohammed Seif Khatib is a reversal of a decision made a week ago, when the fixture was moved to Mwanza because the stadium was not thought to be ready for the match.
Khatib said his decision was partly influenced by the Confederation of African Football's (Caf) requirement to have the match played at night.
"This stadium has not been handed over to us (by the contractors) because there are still some finishing touches to be done.
"But we have decided to open it for the match because many Tanzanians have expressed their wishes to have the match played there," he added.
"The match will be played at night to fit in with Caf's wishes to play the game at the same time as Senegal take on Burkina Faso and we don't have any other stadium with floodlights.
"Therefore we have decided to form a committee to ensure no damage is done and I hope Tanzanians will be careful not to do any damage to the stadium," he added.
The Taifa Stars' players will be given an opportunity train under the floodlights in run up to the match.
Many football fans including the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) President Leodegera Tenga were delighted by the decision.
"Basically we are happy with the government's decision and we thank them for that, this is what we have been requesting for all along," a very happy Tenga said.
Tenga, as well as the Taifa Stars' coach Marcio Maximo, have said the new stadium will give room for as many fans as possible to watch the match and cheer their team to victory.
Tanzania need to beat Mozambique and hope Senegal slip-up against Burkina Faso to reach the Cup of Nations finals they last played in in 1980.