Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2021 match:
Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium will host Friday’s AFCON qualifier between Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea. The Taifa Stars failed to impress on their debut at the Africa Cup of Nations, with the team suffering a loss in each of their three group games at the showpiece tournament in Egypt. Tanzania aim to make a flying start to their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, and we are positive that they will fight tooth and nail against Equatorial Guinea.
The Nzalang Nacional, on the other hand, did well to make it to the 2015 AFCON semis, but they failed to qualify for the 2019 tournament. Since Equatorial Guinea are not regarded as good travelers, we believe that home win should be considered. A man to watch in the home team will be Genk attacker Mbwana Ally Samatta, who has netted 18 goals for the national team to date.
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).