Sunday, March 24
Tanzania 3-0 Uganda
Cape Verde 0-0 Lesotho
- Uganda – 13 pts
- Tanzania – 8
- Lesotho – 6
- Cape Verde – 5
Tanzania put Uganda to the sword with a convincing 3-0 win to secure their place at the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations due in June/July in Egypt.
This follows Lesotho’s failure to win away to Cape Verde, a game that ended goalless – Lesotho came into the game in second place, level on points with TZ.
Simon Msuva scored the first, his second goal of the campaign, firing low to beat Denis Onyango for the first time from Bocco’s assist in the 21st minute.
Erasto Nyoni sent Onyango the wrong way from the spot to double the advantage before Aggrey Morris sealed the deserved victory with a strong header.
Tanzania joins fellow CECAFA region countries – Uganda, Burundi and Kenya – to the 2019 AFCON.
Uganda who had already qualified with a game to spare looked not pumped up for the occasion with Emanuel Okwi and Patrick Kaddu all failing to bring a goal back.
Tanzania Achieve The Impossible
The Taifa Stars failed to win in their first three group L matches – drawing 1-1 and 0-0 with Lesotho (H) and Uganda (A) respectively before losing 3-0 away to Cape Verde – And qualification looked like an impossible dream.
However, a 2-0 home win against Cape Verde revived the faded hopes, and the morale remained intact even when they lost 1-0 away to Lesotho on match-day five.
Coming into the game, Tanzania needed a win and hoped that Leotho fail to win away to Cape Verde, and now like they say, the rest is history.
It should be noted that Tanzania last featured at AFCON in 1980 – none of the current generation of their players were already born.
This was the only time TZ had appeared at AFCON, picking a point against Cote D’vore and losing twice against Nigeria and Egypt.
Uganda Switch Off Beast Mode
As expected, the Cranes were not to go all out against their CECAFA neighbours, and am not trying to take away the credit from Emmanuel Amunike’s charges here.
Prior to the game, Coach Sebastien Desabre had hinted that he will use the Tanzania game as part of his preparations for the tournament in Egypt.
Onyango could have done better to keep out the first goal, but was beaten as early as the 21st minute by Simon Msuva to concede his first goal in the campaign.
The third goal, it was out of poor marking as Aggrey Morris was uncontested when he headed in to send wild celebrations in the fully packed Nyayo Stadium.
Like Desabre and Onyango had said prior to the encounter, it was a build up for Uganda to prepare and test the team ahead of Egypt showdown.
Aishi Manula, Hassan Kessy, Gadiel Michael, Kelvin Yondani, Aggrey Morris, Erasto Nyoni, Mudathir Yahya, Simon Msuva, Farid Musa, Mbwana Samatta, John Bocco
Denis Onyango (GK), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Kirizestom Ntambi, Timothy Denis Awany, Tadeo Lwanga, Moses Waiswa Ndhodhi, Faruku Miya, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Allan Kyambadde, Henry Patrick Kaddu
Featured Image: Action between Uganda and Tanzania in Namboole (courtesy photo)