On the eve of their friendly match against Kenya at Nyayo National Stadium on March 17, 2021, Tanzania players conduct a training session. The match was canceled on March 18 due to Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli’s death.
What you should know:
- The match will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Nyayo Stadium.
- On Wednesday night, Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Suluhu announced Magufuli’s death, saying the president died of heart complications in a Dar es Salaam hospital.
Following the death of Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli, the Football Kenya Federation called off the friendly match between Harambee Stars and Taifa Stars on Thursday morning.
The match will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Nyayo Stadium.
On Wednesday night, Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Suluhu announced Magufuli’s death, saying the president died of heart complications in a Dar es Salaam hospital.
On Twitter, FKF President Nick Mwendwa announced the news.
FKF CEO Barry Otieno said in a statement. “Following the untimely demise of Tanzanian President, His Excellency, Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, Football Kenya Federation, in consultation with the Tanzanian Football Federation has made a decision to cancel today’s international friendly match between the National Team Harambee Stars and the Tanzanian National Football Team, which was scheduled to take place at the Nyayo National Stadium, beginning 3pm,”
“The decision has been arrived at to allow the Tanzanian National Team and the Tanzanian General Public Mourn the sudden passing on of the late President, His Excellency, Dr. John Pombe Magufuli.”
“Football Kenya Federation wishes to extend its deepest sympathy and message of goodwill to the Tanzanian Football Federation, the family and friends of the late President and the good people of Tanzania. May the Lord bless you with the strength to sail though this tough situation.”
On Monday at Nyayo, Kenya defeated Tanzania 2-1 in the first of their double-header friendly matches with Eric Kapaito and Hassan Abdallah having scored for the hosts. Tanzania’s goal was scored by Ayub Lyanga.
Both teams are gearing up for their respective 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, which are set to take place next weekend.
On March 25 and 29, Kenya will play Egypt and Togo at home and away, while Tanzania, under new coach Kim Poulsen, will play Equatorial Guinea and Libya on the same dates.