AFCON 2019 Qualifiers (Group L):
- Tanzania Taifa Stars 3-0 Uganda Cranes
- Cape Verde 0-0 Lesotho
Tanzania Taifa Stars are back to the prestigious Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals after 39 years of absence.
The Tanzanians beat Uganda Cranes 3-0 in the final group L AFCON 2019 qualifier in front of a fully packed National Stadium, Dar es Salaam under flood lights.
Goals from Saimon Happygod Msuva, Erasto Nyoni (penalty) and Aggrey Morris earned the Taifa Stars a memorable victory.
Msuva, a forward at Difaa El Jaadid, lit up the 70,000 plus spectators with a low drive off the edge of the goal area on 20 minutes.
The defining moment arrived after a cross from the left by Abbas Mudathir was poorly cleared by Allan Kyambadde in the goal area.
The home side dominated a lion’s share of the ball possession in the opening half.
The Tanzanians were awarded a penalty when Kirizistom Ntambi held the ball played in by Mbwana Samatta five minutes after restart.
Erasto Nyoni calmly beat Onyango from 12 yards to double the lead as the crowd cheered wildly.
The third goal arrived from Aggrey Morris with a glancing header following a perfectly weighted delivery from the right by John Raphael Bocco.
By then, it was done and dusted. Tanzania set sight on the AFCON 2019 finals in Egypt.
Milton Karisa and Edrisa Lubega were introduced in the opening stages of second half for Emmanuel Okwi and Faruku Miya respectively.
Karisa had a header miss target narrowly off Moses Waiswa’s corner.
Henry Patrick Kaddu also tested goalkeeper Aishi Salum Manula with a header off Godfrey Walusimbi’s cross from the left.
Farid Musa Shah paved way for Himid Mao Mkami with 20 minutes to play to stablise the central midfield.
Uganda Cranes’ final change came in the 78th minute as Raja Casablanca forward Muhammed Shaban replaced the diligent Kaddu.
Feisal Salum Abdalla replaced Bocco with less than ten minutes on the clock as victory was well in sight for the home side.
Tanzania makes it 8 points and secures a slot to AFCON 2019.
The other group game played between Cape Verde and Lesotho ended goal-less.
This implies, Cape Verde adds a point to 6 and Lesotho to five.
Team Line Ups:
Uganda Cranes XI:
Denis Onyango (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey ‘Jajja Walu’ Walusimbi, Kirizestom Ntambi, Timothy Denis Awany, Tadeo Lwanga, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Milton Karisa), Moses Waiswa Ndhondhi, Faruku Miya (Edrisa Lubega), Patrick Henry Kaddu (Muhammed Shaban), Allan Kyambadde (Edrisa Lubega)
Subs Not Used:
Robert Odongkara (G.K), Salim Jamal Magoola (G.K), Benson Joseph Ochaya, Murushid Jjuuko, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Allan Okello, Halid Lwaliwa, Khalid Aucho
Aishi Salum Manula (G.K), Gadiel Michael Kamagi, Edward Erasto Nyoni, Kelvin Yondani, Agrey Moris Ambros, Hassan Khamis Ramadhan, John Raphael Bocco, Abbas Mudathir, Farid Mussa Shah, Saimon Happygod Msuva, Ally Mbwana Samatta (Captain)
Metacha Borniphace Mnata (G.K), Aron Ally Kalambo, Feisal Salum Abdalla, Himid Mao Mkami, Yahya Shiza Ramadhani, Shaban Iddi Chilunda, Thomas Ulimwengu, Kenedy Wilson Juma Ambasa, Ally Abdulkarim Mtoni, Rashid Y. Mandawa, Yahya Omari, Jonas Gerald MkudeU
- Center Referee: Eric Arnaud Otogo Castane (Gabon)
- 1st Assistant Referee: Moussounda Montel (Gabon)
- 2nd Assistant Referee: Marlaise Ditsoga Boris (Gabon)