17 October 2018 02:36
Tanzania beat Cape Verde 2-0 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday to revive their hopes of qualifying for next year’s final tournament.
he win comes just four days after Tanzania succumbed to a 3-0 defeat in the reverse in Praia, which put their chances of reaching the finals of the flagship biennial African football tournament for the first time since 1980.
Tanzania captain, Mbwana Ally Samatta showed master class, with the assist to Simon Msuva who netted the opener on the 29th minutes before finding the back of the net on 57 minute to give the Taifa Stars a lifeline for the journey to Cameroon.
Msuva, who plays for Moroccan side, Difaa El Jadida, earned Tanzania a penalty in the 22nd minute, but Samatta ‘panenka’ style kick hit the post, denying the host the lead.
Samatta eased the pressure seven minutes later, going past two Cape Verde defenders, squaring to Msuva, who fired home to break the deadlock.
Meanwhile, Cape Verde missed a number of chances through Garry Rodrigues, Tiago Almeida, and Ricardo Gomes. The visitors hit the cross bar in the 39th minutes before Tanzania goalie, Aishi Manula denied them a chance to score through the rebound to help the host to remain in contention.
Tanzania started the second half on a high note, creating three chances in the first 10 minutes but Mudathir Yahya, Samatta and John Bocco fired wide.
Samatta could make no mistakes this time and scored the second goal for Tanzania from inside the box, converting a Mudathir Yahya pass three minutes before the hour mark.
Tanzania kept possession, creating two more chances in the second half but Gaidel Michael shot went wide before John Bocco missed another inside the box.
Elivis Macedo could have halved the deficit for the visitors in the 84th minute, but his shot from close range went off.
Emanuel Amunike (Head Coach, Tanzania)
It was frustrating losing in Cape Verde so we had to talk and bolster our morale ahead of the game. We had to see the possibility of winning today and it was not easy. We have a good team but what we needed is to push through our abilities. We managed it at home, we created chances and scored. We will fight to see the chance to win the last two games so that we can qualify.
Rui Aguas (Head Coach, Cape Verde)
It was a tough game four us and Tanzania deserved to win. We created several chances but we failed to score. Now we need to beat Uganda away and Lesotho at home to qualify, that’s the only possibility and we need to work for it.