Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
Niger will look to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Libya when they take on Tanzania in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. The Menas impressed in the World Cup qualifier against Djibouti (7-2), but the game against Tanzania will be anything but a walk in the park for the home team. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Victorien Adebayor, who scored 15 goals in 41 appearances for the national team.
The Taifa Stars, on the other hand, missed out on a spot at the 2022 World Cup finals, with the team finishing the qualifying process in third place in the standings, three points behind group winners D.R. Congo. Niger and Tanzania have never met before on the international stage, but given the current situation in their dressing rooms, the share of spoils is on the horizon.
Highlighted Player (Mbwana Samatta):
Born in Dar Es Salaam on December 23, 1992, Mbwana Samatta is a Tanzania striker who plays for Genk in the Belgian Jupiler League. Samatta began his youth career at African Lyon and he played his first game at senior level for Simba SC, the club from his homeland.
In 2011 he moved to TP Mazembe and after scoring 60 goals in 103 league games for the club, the Tanzania international signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Genk. On August 23, 2018 Samatta scored a hat-trick against Brondby in the Europa League.
Speaking of his international debut, Samatta made his Tanzania debut in March, 2011 in a 2-1 win over Central African Republic. It has to be noted that the Genk attacker was named African Player of the Year (based in Africa) in 2015. His main position is centre-forward, but is capable of playing as a winger as well. His contract with Genk should expire on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Tanzania):
Affiliated to the Confederation of African Football, Tanzania national football team play their home games at National Stadium in Dar es Salam. Tanzania have yet to qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals, but they will have a chance to prove their worth at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Taifa Stars take on Senegal at 30 June Air Defence Stadium on their debut at the African Nations Cup and they will face the likes of Algeria and Kenya in the group stages as well. Tanzania play their home games in white shirts and white shirts, whilst their away colours are white and black.
The Taifa Stars played their first ever international game against Tanganyka, with the team beating the minnows 7-0 back in 1945. The Tanzania national football team recorded their biggest win against Somalia on December 1, 1995, whilst they suffered their biggest defeat in 1956 against Kenya (0-9).