The Flames believe Tanzaniaâ€™s Taifa Stars will offer them a good test in this afternoonâ€™s international friendly match ahead of next weekendâ€™s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Kenya.
Flames coach Kinnah Phiri and his stand-in captain Moses â€˜Lubaâ€™ Chavula said the game will provide them an ideal opportunity to tune up for the Harambee Stars.
Said Chavula: “We could not have asked for a better international friendly match because Kenya and Tanzania play more or less the same type of football.
“The coach will also have a chance to try different combinations in the two international friendlies [ the other one against Zanzibar].”
Kinnah said this afternoonâ€™s friendly will also provide him a chance to assess players such as Russell Mwafulirwa and Jimmy Zakazaka who missed recent international games.
“They have done well during training, but I need to see how they will cope in a game situation. Russell has also not been active for sometime now; otherwise, I have confidence in the squad I have selected,” said Kinnah.
Tanzania coach Kim Poulsen has also named a number of new faces in his squad.
According to Tanzania press reports, the new Danish coach has named 22 players as he begins preparations for next monthâ€™s 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
He has dropped several experienced stars in favour of a more youthful squad.
“I have selected these youngsters because I believe they can do the job for the national team,” Poulsen told the press.
He coached Tanzaniaâ€™s Under-17 and Under-20 before taking over the senior team, replacing his compatriot Jan Poulsen.
The 52-year old has dispensed with regulars such as captain Shadrack Nsajigwa, Nadir Haroub, Henry Joseph, Nizal Khalfan and Abdi Kassim.
Instead, there is a recall for young striker Mbwana Samata, who plays in DR Congo for TP Mazembe and had been declared unwanted by the former coach.
There were also first call-ups for several players from the Under-20 side, including Ramadhani Singano, Edward Christopher and Frank Domayo.
Poulsen is reported to have said there is a future in the youthful team and he believes its performance will grow.
The squad started a training camp on Wednesday in preparation for todayâ€™s strength-testing match.
Poulsenâ€™s first competitive game is next month away against Cote dâ€™Ivoire in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, then at home against the Gambia.