Tanzania president Dr John Magufuli has awarded Taifa Stars players with a piece of land for qualifying for AFCON 2019 after beating Uganda 3-0 on Sunday.
Tanzania needed a win to end a 39-year jinx and they did it in spectacular fashion as Simon Msuva, Erasto Nyoni and Aggrey Morris scored the three goals in front of their fans that filled the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam to witness the historic qualifiers encounter. The president, who was watching the match from home, has now offered each player a parcel of land in Dodoma as a gesture of appreciation.
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"I didn’t have a plan to call the team to State House because they lost to Lesotho, a small country. On the Matchday, I opted to watch the game from home as I was afraid, we would be embarrassed again. But all the pain is gone now after the win over Uganda. These players have impressed me, and I think they deserve a reward. I am going to award them on behalf of the whole nation. The playing unit will get a piece of land in Dodoma where they will build their houses,"
“Qualifying for Afcon is just the beginning of the fight, all the Tanzanians are happy and I would like to congratulate them for the support and patriotism which they showed during the match.” Magufuli is quoted by ITV Tanzania.
Tanzania's late entry means that the CECAFA region will be represented by four countries in Egypt: Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Taifa Stars.