Amuneke’s Tanzania Battle Uganda For First AFCON Appearance In 39 Years

Amuneke’s Tanzania  Battle Uganda For First AFCON Appearance In 39 Years

Nigerian gaffer Emmanuel Amuneke will look to make history with Tanzania
by guiding the Taifa Stars to a first Africa Cup of Nations appearance in 39 years when they host Uganda at the National Stadium,  Dar es Salaam on Sunday,  reports Completesports.com.

Amuneke’s charges  are currently second in group L with five points, eight behind leaders the Cranes of  Uganda who have already qualified for Africa’s showpiece event  and equal on points with third-placed Lesotho. Though on head-to-head record against each other, the latter are ahead.

This means that in order for the Taifa Stars to make it to Egypt 2019  they must beat Uganda and hope that fourth-placed Cape Verde force Lesotho to drop points in Praia.

All three sides are still with a chance of qualifying as Lesotho can also qualify with a win away against a Cape Verde side who themselves need a win—and for Uganda to avoid defeat—to reach Egypt.

The former Nigeria international who the 1994 AFCON with the Super Eagles will look up to captain Mbwanna Samatta to deliver the goods for his side against the dreaded Ugandans who they held to a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture last year.

Samatta,  whose scintillating form for Genk in the Belgian First Division and Europa League has seen him hit 29 goals already this campaign is the biggest star in Tanzanian football.

John Bocco, who has also been in fine form for Simba in the Caf Champions League, will be amongst those Amunike will entrust for goals on Sunday.

By Adeboye Amosu

 

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 3
  • Dr. Drey 4 months ago

    I wish Coach Amunike and his team good luck today. Qualification would not only enhance his profile as a 2 time U17 gold medal winner and member of fifa TSG, but will also enhance that of other Nigerian coaches too as he will be the 2nd Nigerian foreign coach to lead a team to the afcon. The man has really done well for himself. A qualification and creditable showing at the afcon for Tanzania and Amuneke would be next inline for the SE job. Those who are still waiting on NFF for caretaker jobs should borrow a leaf from the ex zamalek, ex sporting Lisbon, ex Barcelona high flying winger.

     
    • Edoman of NewJersey,USA 4 months ago

      If any home made coach is waiting for a dead man-shoe, he may wait for ever. In Jesus name, Amen. Uncle Amuneke, after you conquered abroad, you are the next to lead your Nation.

       
  • Amunike just qualified Tanzania for the Caf nations cup