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Serengeti Boys bundled out of World Cup chase; defeat by Uganda leaves bitter taste in mouth

2019 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations

(Dar es Salaam, 14–28 April 2019)

Results:

Wednesday, April 17:

Group ‘A’:

Nigeria 1-0 Angola – (National Stadium)

Tanzania 0-3 Uganda – (National Stadium)

Monday, April 15:

Group ‘B’:

Guinea 0-2 Cameroun – (Azam Complex, Chamazi)

Morocco 1-1 Senegal – (Azam Complex, Chamazi)

Sunday, April 14:

Group ‘A’:

Tanzania 4-5 Nigeria – (National Stadium)

Angola 1-0 Uganda – (National Stadium)

Fixtures:

Thursday, April 18:

14.00: Guinea v Morocco – (Azam Complex, Chamazi)

17.00: Cameroon v Senegal – (Azam Complex, Chamazi)

HAMMERED 3-0 by Uganda on Wednesday, Tanzania’s Serengeti Boys are out of contention for a first appearance in the U17 FIFA World Cup. This came at the heels of a good effort but a 4-5 loss to Nigeria in their opening match last Sunday at the 2019 U17 AFCON in Dar es Salaam.

This means, the Tanzanians, with only a ‘dead rubber’ in their last Group ‘A’ match on Sunday, have bid farewell to quest to be one of the four teams — semi-finalists — to play at the World Cup in Brazil in October.

Uganda (right) shoot past Tanzania at the National Stadium on Wednesday

Above: Uganda’s Kevin Ssekimba (right) shoots past Tanzania’s Juma Chasambi at the National Stadium on Wednesday. TOP: Michael Abraham (right) of Tanzania is checked by Uganda’s Andrew Kawooya

It was a disappointing end to Tanzania, a team that dominantly won the Cecafa (Council of East and Central Africa) U17 championship in Burundi in April last year, beating Somalia 2-0 in the Final in Gitega.

Tanzania was a nation with high expectation that coach Rabson Mirambo would steer the team to the U17 AFCON semi-finals in Dar es Salaam and grab a World Cup place. The Government had promised a car each to the players if they qualified. They are now ruin elimination, dissatisfaction leveled against team selection and management, Mirambo taking the most flak.

Hopes dashed ... after losing 0-3 to Uganda at the National Stadium on Wednesday, Serengeti Boys of Tanzania will not be going to the 2010 U17 FIFA World Cup

Hopes dashed … after losing 0-3 to Uganda at the National Stadium on Wednesday, Serengeti Boys of Tanzania will not be going to the 2019 U17 FIFA World Cup

He had previously handled the team alongside Dane Kim Poulsen amid an apparent unclear understanding who was boss. The issue was complicated by a section of Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) officialdom that supported Mirambo being boss and was hostile to Poulsen, a man sanctioned with day-to-day development of general youth fooball (not specifically the national team).

Tanzania 0-3 Uganda

Andrew Kawooya, Ivan Asaba and Najib Yiga were on the mark as Uganda dominated shocked Serengeti Boys at the National Stadium on Wednesday.

Kawooya opened the scoring in the 16th minute off a Rogers Mugisha assist. Mugisha then put Asaba through for 2-0 up after 28 minutes for the half time lead. It was 3-0 when Yiga drilled in a header, 14 minutes from full time.

End-of-the road ... Serengeti Boys coach Rabson Mirambo will not realise the nation's dreams

End of the road … Serengeti Boys coach Rabson Mirambo will not realise the nation’s dreams of reaching the U17 FIFA World Cup for the first time

Uganda, beaten 1-0 by Angola in their opening fixture, revived their hopes of a trip to the World Cup for the first time. It will, though, be difficult to beat Nigeria in the final outing on Sunday. But Nigeria, having qualified after their wins against Tanzania and Angola (1-0 on Wednesday) may ease the foot off the pedal giving Uganda hopes. Conversely, Angola needing victory over Tanzania on the same day may have other ideas. Then it could come down to who — between Uganda and Angola — has the bigger victory. Or will be it be down to head-to-head first and in which case Uganda will be at disadvantage?

TEAMS:

TANZANIA – 1 Hassan Shabani Kimaga : 2 Jumanne Omary Omary, 3 Husseinn Arafat Swakali, 6 Alphonce Mabula Msanga, 9 Edmund John , 10 Kelvin John, 12 Gaudence Pascal Msindo, 13 Juma Ladaki Chasambi, 16 Said Amiri Njeru, 17 Jerema Esdon Mshirakandi (Salumu Milinge. 57’), 18 Michael Morice Abraham – Captain

Reserves not used: Mwinyi Yahya (gk), Zuberi Masudi (gk); Ben Starkie, Mustapha Nankuku, Misungwi Chananja, William Dominic, Agiri Ngoda

Coach: Oscar Rabson Mirambo (Tanzania)

Uganda, winners over Tanzania on Wednesday have Nigeria on Sunday, between them and a first appearance in the U17 FIFA World Cup

Uganda, winners over Tanzania on Wednesday have Nigeria on Sunday, between them and a first appearance in the U17 FIFA World Cup

UGANDA – 18 Jack Komakech: 20 Justine Opiro, 4 Kevin Ssekimbega, 5 Gavin Kizito Mugweri, 4 Samson Kasozi, 15 Rogers Mugisha (Abdulwahid Iddi, 58’), 10 Thomas Kakaire, 8 Andrew Kawooya (Isma Mugulusi, 62’), 6 Davis Ssekajja, 14 Najib Yiga, 11 Ivan Asaba (John Alou, 84)

Reserves not used: Delton Oyo (gk) Patrick Mubiru (gk); James Jarieko, Edrine Mukisa Opaala, Innocent Opira, Polycarp Mwaka.

Suspended: Ibrahim Juma

Coach: Samuel Fabin Paa Kwasi (Ghana)

Nigeria (left) beat Angola on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam and are on to the U17 FIFA World they have previously won five times

Nigeria (left) beat Angola on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam and are on to the U17 FIFA World Cup they previously won five times

Nigeria 1-0 Angola

Nigeria got their second Group ‘A’ victory beating Angola 1-0 to reach the U17 AFCON semi-final for a place in the FIFA U17 World Cup which they have won a staggering five times (1985, ’93, 2007, 2013, 2015).

Olakunle Olusegun’s solitary penalty conversion — after Wisdom Ubani’s shot had deflected into the arm of an Angolan defender — proved the difference in a dogged fight with Angola but coach Manu Garba’s Golden Eaglets came up tops.

The combatant Angolans were made to pay for their physical game in the second half when Cabingano was sent off for a dangerous tackle on an advancing Olusegun, earning a second yellow card.

Divine Nwachukwu on for goal scorer Olusegun had a great chance to add six minutes from time after taking on two defenders but his effort went over the crossbar.

TEAMS:

NIGERIA – 1 Sunday Stephen; 2 Tanko, 3 Oduko, 5 Ikenna, 6 Ishaya, 4 Tijani, 13 Amoo, 14 Olaniyan, 8 Abayomi, 14 Olusegun, 9 Ubani

-Additional reporting by Correspondents

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