Emmanuel Amunike Ends Tanzania’s 39-year Wait for AFCON Ticket

Emmanuel Amunike

Emmanuel Amunike has guided Tanzania to the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1980 after a 3-0 win over Uganda.

The Taifa Stars stunned Group L leaders to record an historic victory in front of home fans at the National Stadium on Sunday.

Goals from Simon Msuwa, Erasto Nyoni and Aggrey Morris booked the Taifa Stars’ place in Egypt as they displaced Lesotho to finish second in the group log with eight points from six games.

The last time east African nation appeared at the Africa Cup of Nations was in 1980 and as history would twist itself, it was in Nigeria.

Reacting after the Taifa Stars were certain of their place in Egypt, Amunike said, ““Maybe it’s God, maybe it’s the Players, or maybe Tanzanians…but when I came here, my first press conference in August I said one thing, it is hard work that will take us through, I believe in hard work.”

The ex-Nigerian International becomes the second Nigerian to lead another African country to the continental showpiece after Stephen keshi who guided Togo also to Egypt in 2016.