Adel Amrouche's prophesy for Tanzania after AFCON success

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Adel Amrouche's prophesy for Tanzania after AFCON success

Mark Kinyanjui 10:30 - 08.01.2024

Amrouche believes that the upcoming 2023 AFCON taking place in Ivory Coast will give Tanzanian players even more exposure following the country’s recent remarkable strides in football.

Former Harambee Stars head coach Adel Amrouche believes that the upcoming Ivory Coast  CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023 will help Tanzanian football continue to grow even further following it’s recent remarkable rise domestically.

Tanzania is currently finalizing its preparations for Ivory Coast in the Egyptian capital of Cairo as they brace themselves for their third appearance, following their debut in Nigeria in 1980 and the 2019 appearance in Egypt, both of which concluded in the group stages.

Speaking to CAFOnline from the team’s training camp, the 55-year-old coach expressed that the players are eager to represent Tanzania at Africa’s biggest occasion.

“The players know that this is a big tournament and is the grandest occasion in Africa,” Amrouche said.

“ It is going to give them significant exposure when they play against the prominent nations of African football.

“ It is the greatest occasion, and it’s a good dream to play in the AFCON. I am happy for these players, and they deserve to be here,” said the former Kenya coach

Amrouche faces the challenging task of navigating past tournament favorites Morocco, two-time champions DR Congo, as well as 2012 champions Zambia in what is set to be a tough Group F in San Pedro.

“We have prepared well for Egypt (Friendly match). We are in good condition for training, and we are not far from the trip to Abidjan and waiting to start the competition. 

“The more important thing will be in Cote d’Ivoire,” concluded the coach.

The Taifa Stars finished at the bottom of the group in both their 1980 and 2019 appearances, losing five out of the six matches played and drawing once against Cote d’Ivoire in their 1980 debut.

The East Africans kick off their campaign against Morocco on Wednesday, 17 January, before taking on Zambia four days later and concluding their Group F fixtures against DR Congo on 24 January.

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