Tanzania AFCON 2024 squad list, fixtures and opponents

Coached by Adel Amrouche, Tanzania will take part in AFCON 2024 in Ivory Coast.

In this article, we'll provide all the information about their group opponents, schedule and squad.

This year's competition is officially named AFCON 2023 since it was initially scheduled to take place last year but was postponed until January-February 2024.

Tanzania's AFCON 2024 schedule

Tanzania are drawn in Group F, where they'll meet Morocco, Zambia and DR Congo. The first two matches of the group stages will take place at the Laurent Pokou Stadium in San Pédro, while the third will be played at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in Korhogo.

  • 17 January, 6 pm: Morocco vs Tanzania, (Laurent Pokou Stadium)
  • 21 January, 6 pm: Zambia vs Tanzania, (Laurent Pokou Stadium)
  • 24 January, 9 pm: Tanzania vs DR Congo, (Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium)

How did Tanzania qualify for AFCON 2024?

In the qualifying rounds of the AFCON 2023, Tanzania finished second in Group F. They accumulated eight points from a possible 18, and were a massive eight points behind group leaders Algeria. Interestingly, Tanzania narrowly qualified for the Nations Cup, finishing just a point ahead of third-placed Uganda.

  • Game 1: Niger (1-1) Tanzania
  • Game 2: Tanzania (0-2) Algeria
  • Game 3: Uganda (0-1) Tanzania
  • Game 4: Tanzania (0-1) Uganda
  • Game 5: Tanzania (1-0) Niger
  • Game 6: Algeria (0-0) Tanzania

Tanzania's last 10 matches before AFCON 2024

  • Tanzania (0-2) Morocco – 2026 World Cup Qualifiers
  • Niger (0-1) Tanzania – 2026 World Cup Qualifiers
  • Sudan (1-1) Tanzania – Friendly
  • Algeria (0-0) Tanzania – AFCON 2023 Qualifiers
  • Tanzania (1-0) Niger – AFCON 2023 Qualifiers
  • Tanzania (0-1) Uganda – AFCON 2023 Qualifiers
  • Uganda (0-1) Tanzania – AFCON 2023 Qualifiers
  • Libya (2-1) Tanzania – Friendly
  • Tanzania (1-0) Uganda – Friendly
  • Tanzania (0-2) Algeria – AFCON 2023 Qualifiers

How far will Tanzania go at AFCON 2024?

Tanzania's experience in the Africa Cup of Nations is limited to say the least. With just two appearances (1980, 2019), it would be presumptuous to say that Adel Amrouche's troops are expected to challenge for the AFCON title.

The objective will likely be to do better than four years ago, where the adventure ended in the first round with three defeats in as many matches, and a dismal record of 8 goals conceded. At the time, the Tanzanian team was no match for Algeria (0-3) and Senegal (0-2). Only their loss to Kenya (3-2) offered a more balanced scenario.

Four years later, Tanzania have a different coach, and the squad has also been shaken up quite a bit. The results obtained during the qualifiers, notably the 0-0 draw against the Fennecs of Algeria, show that the Taifas Stars have improved since their last AFCON campaign.

Tanzania's coach: Adel Amrouche

Adel Amrouche, a former Algerian defensive midfielder who notably played for USM Alger, has been head coach of the Taifas Stars since March 2023. He has a wealth of experience, having coached Burundi, Kenya and Botswana.

Amrouche has had a modest run of results with Tanzania so far, with three wins, two draws and three losses in eight matches. It'll be fascinating to see how far he'll go with this team.

Adel Amrouche celebrates Tanzania's qualification for AFCON 2024
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Player to watch: Feisal Salum

Feisal Salum has played a total of eight games in the Tanzanian Premier League this season, scoring seven times. The 25-year-old found the net twice in as many appearances last month, and has scored in his last five games for Azam FC. However, Salum did not score in his last 10 appearances for Tanzania. Can he get back to scoring ways at the Nations Cup?

Tanzania's Feisal Salum AFCON 2024
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Tanzania's AFCON 2024 preparations

Training in the land of the Pharaohs, the Taifas Stars faced Egypt in a friendly on Sunday, 7 January. They suffered a 2-0 loss in that game.

Tanzania's AFCON 2024 squad

Goalkeepers

  • Kwesi Kawawa (Karlslunds IF, Sweden)
  • Beno Kakalanya (Singida Fountain Gate, Tanzania)
  • Metacha Mnata (Young Africans, Tanzania)
  • Alshi Manula (Simba SC, Tanzania)

Defenders

  • Bakari Mwamnyeto (Young Africans, Tanzania)
  • Ibrahim Ahmad (Young Africans, Tanzania)
  • Haji Mnoga (Aldershot Town, England)
  • Abdi Banda (Richards Bay, South Africa)
  • Dickson Job (Young Africans, Tanzania)
  • Lusajo Mwaikenda (Azam FC, Tanzania)
  • Mohamed Husein (Simba FC, Tanzania)
  • Abdulmalik Zakaria (Namungo FC, Tanzania)
  • Miano Danilo (Villena CF, Spain)

Midfielders

  • Himid Mao (Tala'ea El Gaish, Egypt)
  • Feisal Salum (Azam FC, Tanzania)
  • Twariq Abdillahi (Telford United, England)
  • Morice Abraham (RFK Novi Sad, Serbia)
  • Mzamiru Yassin (Simba FC, Tanzania)
  • Kibu Dennis (Simba FC, Tanzania)
  • Tarryn Allarakhia (Wealdstone, England)
  • Mudathri Yahya (Young Africans, Tanzania)
  • Sospeter Bajana (Azam FC, Tanzania)
  • Khleffin Hamdoun (Muscat Club, Oman)
  • Mohammed Omar (Boreham Wood, England)

Forwards

  • Cyprian Kachwele (Vancouver Whitecaps II, MLS)
  • Ben Starkie (Ilkeston Town, England)
  • Abdul Suleiman (Azam FC, Tanzania)
  • Mbwana Samatta (PAOK Salonika, Greece)
  • Charles M'mombwa (MacArthur FC, Australia)
  • Simon Msuva (JS Kabylie, Algeria)
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