Uganda Cranes, face Tanzania in do or die return leg in Dar-es Salaam
By Emmanuel Sekago
Dar-es Salaam – Uganda Cranes are set to face the Tanzania national football team in a return leg on Tuesday at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar-es Salaam for the qualification of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Uganda must to win to have some hope but on the other side it’s Tanzania Taifa Stars who will have to win the rematch in order to get the assurance of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals scheduled for 2024 from January to February in Ivory Coast.
Tanzania recorded a 1-0 victory last Friday in the first leg over Uganda, one of the tough teams in group F, to go second in the group standings with four points from three matches.
The Taifa Stars’ goal was scored by Simon Msuva in the 68th minute following a cross from the right flank by Dickson Job.
As per the group F table, Algeria almost qualified for the AFCON finals after collecting nine points from three matches.
Arithmetically, victory over Uganda in the return leg at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar-es Salaam will enable Taifa Stars to collect seven points with two matches left to play.
Tanzania will host Niger at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium before clashing with Algeria in September to end the qualifying round.
The team’s head coach Algerian Adel Amrouche commended his players for the best show in the encounter, saying, that there is still another important and tough task against Uganda on March 28th. Amrouche said he built a winning spirit among his players in training sessions despite the limited time.
He said his players did their best in the encounter and he believes they will do the same on Tuesday at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, where the rematch will kickoff at 8pm local time.
“We targeted to win the encounter and this is what happened and we have also targeted to win all of our remaining matches in order to qualify for the finals,” Amrouche said.
Tanzania played well in the encounter held at the Suez Canal Stadium last week on Friday evening in Ismailia, Egypt. Meanwhile, President Samia Suluhu Hassan commended the team for the victory over Uganda and promised to award Tshs10 million for every goal scored in the remaining three qualifying matches.
Speaking on behalf of President Samia, Tanzania’s chief government spokesperson, Gerson Msigwa, explained that the victory over Uganda inspired many football fans in the country, including the president, who decided to make the promise.