Amuneke emulates Keshi as Tanzania end AFCON wait

Amuneke emulates Keshi as Tanzania end AFCON wait
Emmanuel Amuneke

by Staff Reporter

Monday Mar 25, 2019. 15:00

Tanzania qualified for their first Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 39 years on Sunday by booking their place at the 2019 edition hosted in Egypt.

The Taifa Stars ended almost four decades of hurt with a 3-0 thumping of fellow East African nation Uganda in Dar Es Salaam to duly book their ticket to this year's showpiece, alongside the Cranes.

Tanzania finished in second place in Group L, two points clear of Lesotho who held Cape Verde to a goalless draw in Praia at the same time.

Suitable, the man to lead Tanzania to their first AFCON in 39 years - since participating in the 1980 tournament in Nigeria - is former Nigeria international Emmanuel Amuneke.

The 48-year-old, who took over the reins as Tanzania head coach in August last year, has achieved considerable success in his short time in the country, with the latest among his proudest achievements as a coach.

Fellow Nigerian, the late Stephen Keshi, notable guided Togo to both Africa Cup of Nations and FIFA World Cup qualification, before leading the Super Eagles to continental glory in 2013.

Having ticked the first of the three notable achievements achieved by Keshi, Amaneke will be hoping to follow is his countryman's shoes in ticking off the other two in the coming years.

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