Tanzania’s Taifa Stars have qualified for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) after a convincing 3-0 win over Uganda Cranes in a Group L game qualifying game played in Dar el Salaam on Sunday.
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Taifa Stars have qualified for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon)
after a convincing 3-0 win over Uganda Cranes in a Group L game qualifying game
played in Dar el Salaam on Sunday.
Uganda Cranes had already qualified, coach Sebastien Desabre’s side where
hungry to remain unbeaten in the qualifiers.
hosts cheered on by over 40,000 fans at the National Stadium made it count scoring
through Simon Nsuva after 21 minutes before Edward Erasto Nyoni converted a
second half penalty and Aggrey Morris made it 3-0.
It was a
poor day in office for most Cranes players including Emmanuel Okwi, Chrizistom Ntambi
and Farouk Miya.
Desabre decided to rest usual starters Khalid Aucho and Murushid Juuko, while
Hassan Wasswa Mawanda was suspended with two yellow cards.
It was all
celebration after the final whistle as the football crazy Tanzanian celebrated
the win and qualification for Afcon.
Tenga who captained Taifa Stars at the 1980 Afcon said he was proud of the team
making it back to Afcon. “This is a great day for Tanzanian football and it is
a great feeling seeing our national team going back for Afcon,” said Tenga, who
is an executive member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
against Uganda took Tanzania to 8 points. In the second Group L game , Cape Verde and Lesotho drew 0-0. Uganda topped the group with 13 points, while Tanzania came
second with 8 points and Lesotho 6, while better ranked Cape Verde was bottom
with 5 points.
became the fourth team from the CECAFA region to qualify for for 2019 Afcon
after Uganda, Kenya and Burundi who qualified on Saturday for the first time.