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Uganda Cubs dare Tanzania in AFCON Regional qualifiers’ semis

The Uganda Cubs need to win the tournament to qualify for next year’s African Cup of Nations (Photo by FUFA Media)

AFCON U17 Regional Qualifiers

Tanzania vs Uganda

National Stadium-Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Friday, 24-08-2018 @05:00pm

Dar es Salaam – Having made it out of the groups on Wednesday thanks to a 8-0 win over Djibouti, the Uganda Cubs will be back in action on Friday as they take on hosts-Tanzania in the second semifinal of the AFCON U17 Regional qualifiers.

Peter Onen’s Boys did it the hard way, requiring three consecutive victories to progress after losing their maiden bow 1-0 to Ethiopia.

For Tanzania, they topped group A and having already qualified for the tournament proper as hosts, they are using the games as preparations for next year’s event.

What the coaches are saying:

Tanzania coach, Charles Mirambo.

“We are not looking for a chance to qualify for AFCON but rather using this tournament to see how far we have gone in terms of preparations.

“We want to use the game against Uganda to continue consistence.

“The Boys are ready to win and am sure that is what the country is expecting from us.

Uganda coach Peter Onen.

“The game against Tanzania is a decisive match for us.

“They (Tanzania) have already qualified but we also need to come and do what is required to join them.

“Tanzania being at home, they have all the support, play very entertaining football and am sure they will make the home crowd very proud.

“For us we are not here to make anyone proud in terms of entertainment and i am sure they will please the crowd but we will go with the win.

Tanzania will go into the game full of confidence having won the just concluded CECAFA U17 championship in Burundi, four months ago.

The ‘Young Taifa Stars’ defeated Somalia to be crowned the regional champions as Uganda finished third after thumping Kenya 4-1 in the losers match.

In that same tournament, both sides met in the opener and managed a one all draw with Uganda scoring late through Moses Bakabulinde to earn a point.

The other semifinal will see Ethiopia take on Group B runners-up Rwanda at the same venue.

With Tanzania already qualified as hosts, the best team amongst the remaining three will qualify for next year’s AFCON tournament.

For Uganda, they need to defeat Tanzania and then go on to win the tournament so as to earn a spot in the tournament proper.

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