In Summary
  • The team, currently on recess after winning the Cecafa Youth Challenge Cup in Bujumbura, Burundi a few weeks ago, will report at camp next week for the Games opening on July 18 in Algeria.

Dar es Salaam. Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has been asked to organise at least two international friendly matches for the national Under-17 soccer team, ahead of the 2018 African Youth Games.

The team, currently on recess after winning the Cecafa Youth Challenge Cup in Bujumbura, Burundi a few weeks ago, will report at camp next week for the Games opening on July 18 in Algeria.

“I have submitted to TFF a training programme for Serengeti Boys,” the youth team’s technical advisor, Kim Poulsen said yesterday.

Poulsen has requested that his team plays warm-ups against youth teams from countries that are placed higher than Tanzania in the Fifa world rankings.

“I have outlined what is needed for our team to perform well in the Africa Youth Games. I have proposed that the boys play at least two high-profile warm-ups before heading to Algiers,” he said.

Poulsen, the former national senior soccer team, Taifa Stars, tactician, expressed optimism that TFF would work on his proposal.

The Africa Youth Games are held every four years since 2010.

The first edition was held in Rabat, Morocco in July, 2010, while the second one took place in Gaborone, Botswana in May, 2014.

The event consists of 20 compulsory sports, deemed as a trial run for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

If all goes well, Serengeti Boys, as the national youth side is popularly known, will face Zambia and Malawi before heading to Algiers for the games.

In Algiers, the Tanzanian boys will be up against youth outfits from the best football playing nations in Africa, including Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, Tunisia and Algeria.

Apart from football, Tanzania will also field teams in beach volleyball, athletics, swimming and sailing.