Nigeria’s Emmanuel Ameneke is the man of the moment. Amuneke, a former Super Eagles striker who is Chief Coach of Tanzania led the country’s national team to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time in 39 years.
No wonder the Tanzanians are celebrating the fact that their national football team have now joined the big teams in Africa’s most prestigious football competition.
President John Magufuli has invited the Taifa Stars to his official residence to congratulate them on their achievement, which Coach Amukeke was praised as the ‘Messiah’.
Tanzania beat Uganda 3-0 in Dar es Salaam on Sunday, securing the victory they needed to qualify.
Uganda had already qualified. This brings to four – Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Burundi – the number of East African teams that will play at the finals in Egypt.