Tanzania coach Kim Paulsen has excluded Egypt midfielder Himid Mao from the 28-man squad ahead of the September World Cup qualifiers for Qatar 2022.
The much-loved midfielder is one of the longtime players of the Taifa Stars squad and joins Thomas Ulimwengu and Farid Musa among the experienced players.
Paulsen has named other experienced players like skipper Mbwana Ally Samatta, John Bocco, Erasto Nyoni and Simon Msuva to the squad which also includes a number of faces from the winning U-23 squad Cecafa.
The Taifa Stars travel to DR Congo on September 2 and seven days later welcome Madagascar to Group J of the qualifiers.
“When you play a World Cup qualifier away from home, with an opponent like DR Congo, a team with a lot of experienced players, you have to be very careful. This is why I have also included a number of experienced players who can continue the fight, ”said Paulsen.
Like Uganda, Kenya and Burundi, Tanzania failed to qualify for CAN 2021 after participating in the 2019 edition in Egypt.
Goalkeepers: Aishi Manula (Simba SC), Metacha Mnata (Unattached), Ramadhan Kabwili (Young Africans) and Wilbol Maseke (Azam FC)
Defenders: Shomary Kapombe, Israel Mwenda, Mohammed Hussein, Erasto Nyoni and Kenned Wilson (Simba SC), Bakari Mwamnyeto, Dickson Job (Young Africans), Lusajo Mwaikenda (KMC), Nickson Kibabage (Youssofia, Morocco).
Midfielder : Mudathir Yahya, Salum Abubakar, Ayoub Lyanga, Abdulrazack Mohammed (Azam FC), Zawadi Mauya, Feisal Salum (Young Africans), Mzamiru Yassin (Simba SC), Novatus Dismas (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel), Abdul Suleiman (Coastal Union)
Forward: Simon Msuva (Wydad Club, Morocco), Mbwana Samatta (Fenerbahce, Turkey), John Bocco (Simba SC), Meshack Mwamita (Gwambina FC), Iddy Seleman (Azam FC)