Amuneke Unveils 23-Man Tanzania Squad For AFCON 2019

Amuneke Unveils 23-Man Tanzania Squad For AFCON 2019

Tanzania head coach Emmanuel Amuneke has unveiled his final 23-man squad for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Egypt.

Headlining the list is Genk forward Mbwana Samatta, Farid Mussa of Tenerife in Spain and Erasto Nyoni of Simba Sporting Club.

Other notable inclusions are Simba Sporting Club keeper , Aishi Manula, Simon Msuva of Difaä El Jadid, Morocco and John Bocco who plays for Simba Sporting Club.

The Taifa Stars are drawn in Group C alongside Kenya, Algeria and Senegal.

The East Africans will open their AFCON 2019 campaign against Senegal on Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Aishi Manula (Simba SC),
Metacha Mhata (Mbao FC),
Aron Kalambo (TZ Prisons), Hassan Ramadan (Nkana FC), Gadiel Michael (Young Africans), Mohammed Hussein (Simba SC), Himid Mao (Petrojet FC), Feisal Salum (Young Africans), Frank Domayo (Azam FC), Kelvin Yondani (Young Africans), Mudathir Yahya (Azam FC), Ally Mtoni (Lipuli FC), John Bocco (Simba SC), Thomas Ulimwengu (JS Saoura), Farid Mussa (Tenerife), Simon Msuva (Difaä El Jadid), Mbwana Samatta (Genk), Rashid Mandawa (BDF), Abdillanie Mussa (Blackpool), Vincent Phillipo (Mbao FC), Erasto Nyoni (Simba SC)

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  • Ugwudede 2 years ago

    Just imagine the clubs Amunike boys play for no one known club here except Genk yet he qualified for AFCON. What out what he will do with no names players at the mundial. Please Nigeria coach has no excuse why he will not get to the final with these players at his disposal . note that Amunike is a Nigerian

    • Amunike is currently the most high-profile and respected Nigerian coach. I hope he takes charge of the SE someday in the future after getting all the experience needed out there. I like the fluidity and tactical discipline by which every team he coaches play, yet he or his fans don’t make too much noise like some other so-much hyped indigenous coaches. His team are never easy to beat. Any wonder? I mean, this is a Barcelona FC product after all. The Super Eagles are strong today, thanks in part to his well-oiled U17 team of 2015 who have now effectively displaced the 2013 Manu Garba team members in the SE.

  • If Zimbabwe can hold eagles in asaba. Den I know Tanzania wil go a step further . Ie eagles 0 Tanzania 1/2

    • Olu, football is not one plus one equals two. Different variables. Different dynamics. For example we drew with Ukraine at the under 20 world cup, but they are playing in the final. So should we say that we should be in the final also?

      Libya beat the Seychelles like 8-1, we beat Libya twice so we will beat the Seychelles 15 nil

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    I hope after AFCON, all those who have been hyping Amuneke (like they were hyping Denerby) will still come here and show their faces.
    Rather than hype the man to high heavens at this time its best to rather allow the man to grow is career gradually as he is currently doing, than rush him to think he has arrived as a coach.
    I’ve followed his progress from afar since he was name coach of Al-khartoum a few years ago and I see he is still rising and still learning the ropes…and thank God for him, things are working slightly in his favour. Lets not forget that is team are in the AFCON today, not because they were overtly overwhelming during the qualifiers but because of the tenacity they put in even till the last day when they had to wait for Lesotho to drop points (which they actually did) much to the favour of tanzania.
    The same people shouting hosanna behind him today will shout crucify him the next day.

    • Oh they put in tenacity?I put it to you, Dr Dre, that you are guilty of over-hyping the coach too.hehe

      Or maybe you would say tenacity is the birthright of any Tanzanian footballer,so they don’t need a coach to have that.
      If you say so,then I would ask you to look again at what you are saying.

      I remember one tenacious team–Chelsea in Mourinho’s first era. If you think all Mou taught them was tenacity, then you don’t know Mou.

      Now someone said Amunike’s teams play with fluidity and tactical discipline.This is not flattery.This is factual and very verifiable.
      I’m not so surprised,Barca is such a school.
      I want to believe that stating the obvious qualities Amunike has,is not termed an over-hype,if not I will now term your highlighting of tenacity as an under-hype or a lie.
      Truth is Amunike is a brilliant coach and that doesn’t mean he has arrived. Pochetinno was signed by Tottenham years back as a brilliant coach, yet he has grown still to what he is today.
      Let’s praise our very own, esp when we have evidence of his astuteness on the job. A pat on the back is what encourages them to get better and better. How I wish he coached our U-20’s.
      That he qualified Tanzania is no small matter,a truly amazing feat.I would say,on paper it was expected dat Seedorf’s job in qualifying Cameroon wud be easier than Amunike’s in Tanzania.

      Tanzania employed a jewel in Amunike. They are not even putting the coach under undue pressure to qualify from the group stage, they know they have a top coach that is building. You would see they won’t give him the sack no matter the nations cup results.

      I re-post the balanced write-up here, by a certain Kel:
      “Amunike is currently the most high-profile and respected Nigerian coach. I hope he takes charge of the SE someday in the future after getting all the experience needed out there. I like the fluidity and tactical discipline by which every team he coaches play, yet he or his fans don’t make too much noise like some other so-much hyped indigenous coaches. His team are never easy to beat. Any wonder? I mean, this is a Barcelona FC product after all. The Super Eagles are strong today, thanks in part to his well-oiled U17 team of 2015 who have now effectively displaced the 2013 Manu Garba team members in the SE.”

      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Assuming Lesotho had picked all points on the final day…would you be writing this same things you have written in this epistle…? Think about that.
        Go and check CSN records on every piece of news about Tanzania in the qualifiers and see who and who how ever commented. Some of you never had faith in him. Tanzania scales thru…thanks do divine favour and boom some people love amuneke more than the rest of us.
        Just as I said earlier I hope some of you will still be solidly behind him when things aren’t going as planned anymore.

        • You have to give it to Amuneke, Dr. Drey. Sometimes, facts may sound like hype, but each is what it is and you just have to see the fine lines between them. As for me, I’ve always believed in Amuneke. I’m a fan of his style and will stick with my view of him, even if his team flops in Egypt. His U20 boys couldn’t qualify for the U20 Afcon in 2017, losing 5-4 on aggregate to an incredibly over-aged Sudanese side; but I wasn’t really disappointed. Amuneke has grown in leaps and bounds in his coaching career since then (actually since 2013); and as a member of an elite FIFA technical group.

          I think Samata and co will deliver for Tanzania at the Afcon. Remember in the recent friendly in Asaba, SE couldn’t beat the same Uganda who were roundly dispatched 3-0 by Amuneke’s wards. Maybe the terrible Asaba pitch was a factor (I hope that pitch doesn’t cause a real damage to Pinnick’s profile soon). It would have been a big surprise if Lesotho had beaten Cape Verde in Cape Verde. Even if that happened, Amuneke would still have been a hero in Tanzania and Africa.

          Unlike Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroun, and the likes, the players at Amuneke’s disposal aren’t so high-profile but he made the best use of his available “tools” and made history in the country, qualifying them for the Afcon after 39 years (more than 5 generations of players past). Imagine if he had players of the pedigree of SE team members. I don’t think any of these strides could have been a fluke or coincidence. And the best thing about him? He’s a silent, giant achiever.

          • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

            @ Kel…first of all football isnt mathematics…that Tanzania dispatched uganda 3-0 and we played a draw against uganda doesn’t suddenly make tanzania a super power…..I followed that Tanz/Uganda match…it was a very abracadabric match (if you know what I mean) The referee just manufactured a redcard from to where to an ugandan player in the 4th minute…as in 4th minute of the match…some peoples’ legs hadnt even touched the ball. you can search youtube yourself and see if youl’d be lucky to see a clip. That was typical African wonder….and from then on…it was a one way traffic for Tanzania. Of course Tanzania needed to win that match at all cost to stand a chance…while praying lesotho would drop points. All of a sudden a team that was averaging a goal per match were able to put 3 past the best in East africa.
            But that is not to take anything away from amuneke’s ability as a coach…like i’ve always said and will always say, the young man is on the ascendancy but people should let him mature on his job before hyping him as the next best thing to happen to Nigeria….he is indeed carving a niche for himself and we should let him do that gently and gradually before asserting that he is better than the rest. The job of managing a complex national side like Nigeria isnt for learners…its for those who have really cut their teeth in the business…Oliseh has good as he was ( with all his UEFA Pro license and fifa TSG and technical consulting what what) got himself messed up when he touched the job, Siasia is almost dead and buried career-wise now because of this same chalice. Let us not rush amuneke to drink from this same chalice yet. What he has done so far with tanzania is awesome…but its what he does in another 2-3 years, either with the same team, or with another team, that will tell if he’s there yet or not. Tanzania is a team of unheralded players, so life is less difficult, it is when you have a galaxy of stars whose egos need to be massaged that you will earn your mark.
            Early on the job, he expelled 6 players for ‘indiscipline’ and heavens did not fall….oya come and expel 6 SE players or CIV or Ghana black stars players and see if the rest would not plot a coup against you. With this lesser teams it always easy to cut your teeth….but it doesn’t herald you arrival.
            I was practically almost the only one who consistently commented on Tanzanian news threads on CSN all throu the qualifiers, so I’ve always had faith in amuneke, but when some people start insinuating that he is the best, i just shake my head. Managing a kiosk is not the same thing as managing Dangote group of companies.
            If we really want this man to excel, lets quit the hype for now and offer more of encouragement

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    …his team…
    CSN all we are saying, give us EDIT feature o…!

  • Good one.More Nigerians can coach African sides and even bigger sides in Africa,Europe and also European or African clubsides. Christian Chukwu Kenya,Stephen keshi qualified Togo for World cup though didn’t lead them at the mundial,Michael Emenalo Chelsea acting coach. Manu Garba also coming through. Opportunities in Rwanda,etc
    Victor Osimhen 2015 under 17 winning team was good.Will be expecting great performance and behind them. Wish the coach all the best.Need more Nigerian coaches doing the same.

  • Manu Garba na coach?
    Remember under17 Afcon the selection.

    • Kola, according to his results, apparently he is a coach.

      Won the under 17 world cup in 2013, promoted to the under 20 and won the under 20 AFCON in 2015

  • PapaFem 2 years ago

    If only ego will allow, I will like to see Amuneke and Siasia coach the SE. I notice Siasia teams play high pressing games with energy and power. Amuneke teams are always refined with clear cut tactical set up. I noticed this in the 2013 team he helped build with Manu Garba, the 2015 team he took to Chile and the present Tanzanian team. I was amazed the way Taifa Stars took Uganda apart IN Dar el Salam, and I would like to see more of them at the AFCON.

  • papa family
    nah you say sooo

  • Thanks for positive recommendations (for most of you).I am a Tanzanian.We still believe in Amuneke! Strikers,Samatta of Genk (Belgium),Msuva of Difaa (Morocco) and Adi (Blackpool,England) will cause a lot of problems to most defenders in group stages….God bless Tanzania