Amuneke’s Tanzania Delay AFCON Hope With Loss To Lesotho

Amuneke’s Tanzania Delay AFCON  Hope With Loss To Lesotho

Tanzania will have to wait until March next year to know their Africa Cup of Nations qualification fate after their 1-0 loss to Lesotho in their penultimate Group L qualifier at the Sesotho Stadium in Maseru on Sunday afternoon.

After Uganda’s 1-0 win over Cape Verde on Saturday, Tanzania needed to win and seal qualification for Cameroon next year.

In the early stages, both sides looked determined to take the game to each other with promising attacks from both ends.

It was chance after chance for both sides but the poor playing conditions looked a contributory factor for the numerous scoring opportunities squandered early on.

Simon Msuva had a first glance at goal when he raced into a long ball and got in between the defender and goalkeeper, his loop, however, missed the target.

On the other hand, Tumelo Khutlang was guilty of missing probably the halves most glorious opportunity. David Mwantika did not put enough weight on his initial backpass to Aishi Manula and Khutlang raced onto it but saw his effort hit the cross-bar and back into play, but he completely missed the ball on his second attempt just under the goal line.

Tanzania, evidently missing Mbwana Samatta in the attack, continued to create chances but could not capitalise on any as the two sides headed for the interval unseparated.

In the second half, Lesotho rang the changes and continued to dominate possession while the Taifa Stars had the better of the chances.

Nkau Lerotholi would eventually grab the decisive goal when the visitors’ sloppy defending saw them concede and fail to clear a needless corner kick in the 77th minute.

Emmanuel Amuneke introduced Bocco to try and rescue the point but the Crocodile hung on to the lead and would eventually claim the 1-0.

The win sees Lesotho join Tanzania on five points in the group, while Cape Verde are bottom of the group with four points.

All three teams are still in with a chance to join Uganda in qualifying for the Afcon next year.


  • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

    Eish…I really wished the taifa starts would nik a win at lesotho who hadnt won at home before then. that could have sealed qaulification with a game to spare….knowing well that their last home game will be against a tough team like Uganda. Mbwana Samatta has been an important player for both club and country this season…..when he plays, the team plays. Quite unfortunate he wasn’t available for that match. Its really difficult now bcos. Even a win against uganda wouldnt guarantee qualification is lesotho should defeat capeverde in the last match. I cant help but wish Coach Emmanuel Amuneke and his team all the best in March. At least the man has earned himself some respect already. He’s shown that you dont need to wait on the NFF or when there’s need for a caretaker SE coach for you to remain relevant in the game

    • Drey day, your analysis above for all its pomp and pageantry was actually stating the obvious which is that the chances of qualification for Tanzania is quite bleak.
      Looking at the table, Uganda, who have already qualified, will still make life difficult for Tanzania in March.
      Say they were able to cause an upset,they will still need to win by many goals and hope results elsewhere goes in their favour. A scenario that seems most unlikely.
      You also heap praise on Amuneke for seeking green pastures outside our shores.
      Mate, I agree with you 100%.
      The sad part is that even when he comes back home to coach the super eagles, many fans and stakeholders will still see him as a local coach and would not spare him the sort of venomous treatment they dished out to Amodu and Keshi.
      Amodu- the fact he coached South African giants Orlando Pirates did not stop him being vilified by the press and public as Super Eagles coach.
      Keshi- the fact he coached Togo prior to Super Eagles appointment did not halt the tsunami of abuse that trailed him as coach of Super Eagles.
      Don’t get me wrong mate, your eulogy of Amuneke is very well praised and I join you in wishing him all the best in March.