Taifa Stars Boost WCQ Hopes with Victory Over Zambia

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• Tanzania clinches second position

• A beautiful ride on early goal

• Patson Daka posed a nightmare

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Taifa Stars of Tanzania increased their chances to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2026 after a 1-0 win over Zambia at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, Zambia.

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In a thrilling encounter at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, Zambia, Taifa Stars of Tanzania secured a crucial 1-0 victory over the Zambian national team, significantly enhancing their chances of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2026. The solitary goal came from the talented Tanzanian forward, Waziri Junior, who netted a well-executed strike to seal a deserving triumph for his side in front of a lively crowd.

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It was Taifa Stars’ second win in the competition and have since collected six points from three matches to move to second place in Group E of the qualifiers.

The match commenced with both teams displaying their attacking intent, creating early scoring opportunities. Zambia had a promising chance in the 2nd minute when Kings Kangwa’s header narrowly missed the target. However, it was Tanzania who capitalized on their opportunity just three minutes later, as Waziri Junior skillfully converted a pass from Mudathir Yahya to give his team the lead.

A beautiful ride on early goal

The early goal provided a significant boost to Taifa Stars, instilling confidence in their gameplay and defensive solidity as they aimed to control the match and deny Zambia any clear-cut chances. Despite the host team’s efforts to level the score before halftime, Tanzania’s resilient defense, led by goalkeeper Ally Salum, remained steadfast in fending off the Chipolopolo’s attacking threats.

Patson Daka posed a nightmare

Zambia’s striker, Patson Daka, a notable player for Leicester City, posed a threat with his powerful headers, but his attempts were expertly thwarted by the impressive goalkeeping display from Salum. In the 38th minute, Zambia came close to equalizing, keeping their fans on the edge of their seats, only to be denied once again by the Taifa Stars’ resolute defensive line.

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Daka was once again in the spotlight in the 38th minute when another opportunity went begging for Zambia as most of their fans were at the edge of their seats ready to celebrate.

As the first half drew to a close, Zambia intensified their efforts to break through Tanzania’s defense, with Kangwa’s set-piece testing Salum’s shot-stopping abilities. However, the visitors remained steadfast in their defensive organization, preventing their opponents from finding the back of the net and holding on to their hard-earned lead.

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Importance of Tanzania’s win

The victory marked Taifa Stars’ second win in the World Cup qualifiers, propelling them to second place in Group E with six points from three matches. With their impressive performance against Zambia, Tanzania has demonstrated their ambition and determination to secure a spot in the prestigious FIFA World Cup 2026, igniting the hopes and aspirations of football fans across the nation.

Last minute classical save

Stars goalie, Salum made another spectacular save in the closing stages of the first half to deny a set-piece from Kangwa as the hosts were searching for a password to unlock the visitors’ defence.

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