2019 AFCON Qualifier: Amuneke Suffers First Defeat With Tanzania

2019 AFCON Qualifier: Amuneke Suffers First Defeat With Tanzania

By Adeboye Amosu

Former Nigeria international, Emmanuel Amuneke suffered his first defeat in charge of Tanzania following Taifa Stars 3-0 away defeat against Cape Verde in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying Group L fixture on Friday, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.

The East Africans are still searching for their first win in the qualifying series following draws in their opening two games against Lesotho and Uganda.

Tanzania drew 0-0 away against Uganda in Kampala in Amuneke’s first official game in charge of the team last month.

They now occupy last position in Group L following the defeat and face a daunting task in their bid to make a return to the AFCON after last participating in the competition in 1980, which was was hosted by Nigeria.

Ricardo Gomes grabbed a brace for Cape Verde in the 16th and 23rd minutes respectively, while Stopira added the third five minutes from time.

The Taifa Stars will now hope for a better result when they host their opponent in the reverse fixture on Tuesday at the National Stadium in Dar Es Salaam.

Uganda will host Lesotho in the group’s other fixture at the Nelson Mandela Stadium, Kampala on Saturday.

A win or draw for the Cranes will see them move to top position in the group ahead of Cape Verde.





  • I watched that match and must say the scoreline is not a true reflection of what went down. Amunike and Tanzania were unlucky. But credit to Cape Verde, they were simply more experienced in front of goal, not tactically superior. They utilized every chance they had and their first 2 goals were eked out from half chances and muzzling out Tanzanian defenders.

    At a point, Tanzanian interplay passes and penetration moves were a joy to behold (certainly Amunike’s handiwork), but they dilly-dallied too long in the final third. Experience failed them. I also think the referee denied Tanzania a valid penalty and made several other bias calls in favour of the hosts.

    I expect a Tanzanian victory in the reverse fixture this Tuesday (even if not exact same scoreline). Tanzania, Uganda, Cape Verde and Lesotho (who are surprisingly proving a hard but) – This group is finely poised.