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Tanzania’s Coach Mgunda Warns Uganda Ahead of CECAFA Challenge Cup Semi Final

The two teams will clash in the knock out stage at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo. Defending champions Kenya will battle the tournament’s surprise package Eritrea in the first semi final.
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Tanzania’s head coach Juma Mgunda has warned Uganda Cranes ahead of the two teams face-off in the second semi final of the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on Tuesday.

The two teams will clash in the knock out stage at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo. Defending champions Kenya will battle the tournament’s surprise package Eritrea in the first semi final.

Uganda topped Group A in the regional tournament with four wins and 12 points, while Tanzania came second in Group B winning against Zanzibar, drawing against Sudan and losing to Kenya. “We know how we are going to approach the Uganda game. We know home support will be to their advantage, but we shall handle them well,” Mgunda told URN.

The coach said although his team started the tournament on a losing note to Kenya, the players have steadily picked up. “I am happy that we are getting the right form at the best time when it is knock out,” added the coach.

Mgunda made it clear that it will be very important to get early goals against Uganda because they have all the home advantage. “We respect Uganda, but we are ready for them,” added skipper and goalkeeper Aishi Salum Manula.

But Uganda’s head coach Jonathan McKinstry has made it clear that his players must also be at their best in the semi finals. “I am happy that the players have expressed themselves well going forward and we have conceded only one goal through the Group stage,” added McKinstry. The coach however made it clear that there could be a change in approach since this is the knock out stage.

Last year Uganda and Tanzania drew in Kampala 0-0 before Tanzania beat Uganda 3-0 in Dar es Salaam in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers. 

Nicholas Musonye, the Secretary General of the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) said that the semi finals are a good match up since the best teams in the Group stage have made it to the semis. “We are happy with the standard of play in this year’s tournament,” added Musonye.

The regional tournament which attracted nine teams will climax with the final on December 19th.

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