The Tanzanian national soccer team on Thursday left for Ouagadougou for Saturday's game with Bukina Faso in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations Group Seven qualifying tournament.
The departing team was without four of its key players as Victor Costa, Mecky Maxime and Jerry Tegete were left behind for injuries while Abdi Kassim was suspended after having sustained two yellow cards in previous games.
Those who boarded the Bukina Faso-bound flight were goalkeepers Ivo Mapunda and Ali Mustapha; defenders Shadrack Nsajigwa, Nadir Haroub, Salum Swedi, Erasto Nyoni, Ibrahim Mwaipopo and Amir Maftah; midfielders Henry Joseph, Shabani Nditi, Nizar Khalfan, Maregesi Mwangwa, Abdulrahim Amour, Salvatory Ntebe and Vicent Barnabas; strikers Joseph Kaniki, Haruna Moshi, Danny Mrwanda and Saidi Maulidi.
The Tanzanian national eleven beat Bukina Faso 2-1 in Dar es Salaam last year in the opening leg of their home-and-away match-up.
The Ouagadougou match is important to both teams as they all need a win to get back to a sound footing for a better runners-up position so as to get a chance for qualifying for the grand finale slated for January next year in Ghana.
Tanzania now has five points while Bukina Faso has four. Tanzania is trailing Mozambique on goal difference even though the Mozambicans also have five points.
Senegal is the clear leader in Group Seven with seven points from two wins against one draw.