Tanzania coach unhappy over Cecafa and 2014

Jan Poulsen, Tanzania coach
Jan Poulsen was disappointed not to lead the Tanzania team at the Cecafa Cup

Tanzania coach Jan Poulsen has made a veiled attack on the country's football federation (TFF) for disrupting his World Cup 2014 qualification plans.

Poulsen was not in charge of Tanzania's recent campaign at the Cecafa Cup, which they hosted.

Instead a local coach was appointed to lead the team, which featured only players from the mainland.

Stand-in coach Charles Mkwasa changed the squad significantly - mostly picking players from local club Simba.

"My job is going to be very hard because we wanted to plan ahead of the qualifers," Poulsen told the BBC.

"The more I work with the players the better, because we have [only a] short time left before the qualifiers start in June.

"You can discuss whether it was necessary to change the team so much for this Cecafa instead of keeping the core that played [two previous matches against] Chad," Poulsen said.

The Dane watched from the stands as the team's defeat in the semi-final against Uganda was greeted with boos from the fans.

Only mainland players are used by Tanzania in the Cecafa tournament because Zanzibar enter their own team in to the competition.

Asked whether it was necessary to appoint local coaches to take charge of the team, Poulsen was measured in his response.

"I am not sure I would have done it. But the TFF have their reasons and thinking on how to develop football in Tanzania," he said.

"I think we should have planned a little better and communicated a little better. I hope it will be better in the future."

Tanzania have a place in the group phase of qualification for Brazil 2014 after eliminating Chad in the preliminary round.

They are in a group with Ivory Coast, Morocco and The Gambia.

They also have a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game against Mozambique in February.

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