Lesotho aim to frustrate Tanzania, keep slim Afcon hopes alive

Lesotho aim to frustrate Tanzania, keep slim Afcon hopes alive
Emmanuel Arnold Okwi of Uganda and Jane Thaba-Ntso of Lesotho in action during the 2019 Afcon Qualifier on 13 October 2018 at Mandela Stadium, Namboole, Kampala. ©Ismail Kezaala/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday Nov 16, 2018. 13:00

Lesotho will be aiming to keep their slim hopes of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification alive when they lock horns with Tanzania at the Setsoto Stadium in Maseru on Sunday afternoon.

Kick-off is at 16h00 CAT.

The Crocodiles currently occupy bottom spot in Group L having conjured a mere two points from four qualifiers, but still stand a slim chance of booking their ticket to the showpiece in Cameroon.

Lesotho held their visitors to a 1-1 draw in Dar es Salaam last year before a 1-1 stalemate at home to Cape Verde. Successive defeats, though, to Uganda (3-0 and 2-0) in home and away fixtures has left the Southern Africans reeling.

Following two successive stalemates, Tanzania suffered a 3-0 defeat away to Cape Verde before bouncing back with a 2-0 win over the same opponents last time out.

The victory propelled the Taifa Stars up to second spot in the group, a point above Cape Verde and five points behind Uganda who will host the Blue Sharks in Kira this weekend.

Victory for the much-fancied Cranes, coupled with a win for Tanzania will book the latters place at an Afcon tournament for the first time in 38 years.

Tanzanian captain and star forward ,Mbwana Samatta, will be entrusted with leading the East Africans to a first Afcon tournament since Nigeria 1980. Samatta has scored 19 goals in 23 games for Belgium club Genk this season.

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