Nizar Khalfan Called Up To Tanzanian National Team For Africa Cup Of Nations Qualifying

VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 6: Nizar Khalfan #16 of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC celebrates his goal in the second half against Real Salt Lake at the Bell Pitch at BC Place Oct 6, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His goal made the score 3-0. (Photo by Kim Stallknecht/Getty Images)

Tanzania's coach Jan Poulsen has called up the Philadelphia Union's Nizar Khalfan to the country's Africa Cup of Nations qualifying squad.

The 23-year-old will be available to play for his national team against Mozambique on February 29, which just so happens to be on the same day as both the United States Men's National Team (USMNT)-Italy friendly, and the Chile-Ghana friendly at the Union's PPL Park. He may also appear in a possible friendly against the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where Union striker Danny Mwanga is originally from, in Dar es Saalaam on February 23.

Khalfan has been a mainstay on the Tanzanian national team since 2006, when he was only 18, making 25 appearances and scoring five goals for the African country.

The midfielder joined the Union through MLS's Waiver Draft, after Khalfan was let go by the Vancouver Whitecaps after playing in 22 games and scoring once in 2011.

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