Tanzania

Coach:

Emmanuel Amunike

Nickname:

Taifa Stars

Best achievements: Group stage

Previous participations: 1

FIFA world ranking June 2019: 131

Road to AFCON 2019 (Second of Group L):
Tanzania 1-1 Lesotho
Uganda 0-0 Tanzania
Cape Verde3-0 Tanzania
Tanzania 2-0 Cape Verde
Lesotho 1-0 Tanzania
Tanzania 3-0 Uganda

Coach: Emmanuel Amunike

Amunike sat on the bench for the duration of the 1994 Cup of Nations finals before Nigeria coach Clemens Westerhof thrust him into the starting line-up for the final against Zambia.

He took five minutes to open the scoring and netted a second to hand them the title. It was the start of a playing career that took in spells at Sporting Lisbon and Barcelona and also saw him win Olympic gold. As a coach, Amunike, now 48, won the under-17 World Cup with Nigeria in 2015 and was recruited by Tanzania last August. 

Key player: Mbwana Samatta. Age: 26. Forward.

Samatta’s tally of 23 goals was a major factor as Racing Genk won the league title in Belgium this season. It earned for the captain of the Tanzania national team the ‘Ebony Boot’, handed out annually to the best African in the Belgian league.

Samatta has already won the Confederation of African Football’s award for the best African-based footballer, achieved in 2016 after his goals helped TP Mazembe Englebert of the Democratic Republic of Congo win the Champions League.

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Group A W D L P
Egypt
3 0 0 9
Uganda
1 1 1 4
DR Congo
1 0 2 3
Zimbabwe
0 1 2 1
Group B W D L P
Madagascar
2 1 0 7
Nigeria
2 0 1 6
Guinea
1 1 1 4
Burundi
0 0 3 0
Group C W D L P
Algeria
3 0 0 9
Senegal
2 0 1 6
Kenya
1 0 2 3
Tanzania
0 0 3 0
Group D W D L P
Morocco
3 0 0 9
Cote d'Ivoire
2 0 1 6
South Africa
1 0 2 3
Namibia
0 0 3 0
Group E W D L P
Mali
2 1 0 7
Tunisia
0 3 0 3
Angola
0 2 1 2
Mauritania
0 2 1 2
Group F W D L P
Ghana
1 2 0 5
Cameroon
1 2 0 5
Benin
0 3 0 3
Guinea Bissau
0 1 2 1