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Tanzania under pressure

Tanzania coach, Marcio Maximo
Maximo is under pressure after Tanzania's poor start to their 2010 campaign

Tanzania's coach Marcio Maximo is under pressure ahead of the Taifa Stars' joint 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Cameroon on Saturday.

Tanzania are third in Group One with only one point after two games.

Defeat to the Indomitable Lions this weekend could mean the end of Tanzania's 2010 Africa Cup of Nations hopes.

Tanzanian fans and media are becoming hostile towards their Brazilian coach Maximo.

He defended himself vigorously at a press conference in Dar-Es-Salaam.

"The players have good potential but what conditions do they have compared to the Cameroon players?

"When they stay at the hotel with the team, it is ok. But what about when they go home?

"Talk about food, talk about gym, things that our players don't have."

Meanwhile Swaziland lead a quartet of southern Africa minnows seeking to exploit home advantage and upset more powerful opponents in 2010 World Cup-African Nations Cup qualifiers this weekend.

I came here to stimulate, to encourage the players to fight, because it is very difficult for them.

Marcio Maximo, Tanzania coach

The Swazis confront Zambia, Botswana play Ivory Coast, Namibia meet Guinea and Malawi face African champions Egypt as the mini-league second preliminary phase reaches the halfway mark.

There are 10 countries with 100 percent records entering the third series of fixtures and two - Rwanda and Morocco - come face to face in Kigali with the outright leadership of Group 8 at stake.

All the others bar Swaziland play away with Ghana in Gabon, Angola in Uganda, Burkina Faso in the Seychelles, Mali in Sudan, Nigeria in Equatorial Guinea and Egypt in Malawi.

The combined qualifying competition will determine which five countries go to the 2010 World Cup with hosts and automatic qualifiers South Africa and the 15 teams who join hosts Angola at the Nations Cup earlier the same year.




see also
2010 World Cup Qualifiers
08 Jun 08 |  African


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