Taifa Stars, Cranes set for Zanzibar battle

Taifa Stars, Cranes set for Zanzibar battle
Uganda head coach, Milutin‘Micho’ Sredojevic/Backpagepix

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Jun 17, 2015. 10:46

Tanzania and Uganda will kick-off of their qualification campaign for the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) when they meet in a Central-East Zone preliminary round, first leg match in Zanzibar this Saturday.

Tanzania come into the match on the back of a crushing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Egypt in their opening group qualifier for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, dialling up the pressure on coach Mart Nooij to deliver positive results.

In fact, the Dutch manager has been given the ultimatum of qualifying for the 2016 CHAN or he will be axed, making this home match against the Cranes an absolute must-win for him and the Taifa Stars.

Uganda, meanwhile, are in a buoyant mood after their 2-0 win over Botswana at the weekend, which saw their qualification campaign for the 2017 AFCON get off to a positive start.

Tanzania appeared at the 2009 CHAN finals in Ivory Coast, exiting the tournament in the first round. Uganda qualified for the 2011 and 2014 finals in Sudan and South Africa respectively, exiting both in the first round.

The return leg of this preliminary round clash will be played in Uganda on the weekend of 3-5 July. The winners will face Sudan in the final qualifying playoff round in October this year.



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