Former Nigeria international winger and Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amuneke has succeeded in qualifying Taifa Stars of Tanzania for the 2019 African Cup of Nations after 39 years of wait.
The last time the Eastern Africa country took part in the biggest African football showpiece was in Nigeria’s 80.
The team on Sunday in Dare Salam defeated the group table topper and already qualified Uganda 3-0.
Goals from Simon Msuwa, Erasto Nyoni and Aggrey Morris booked the Taifa Stars’ place in Egypt as they displaced Lesotho to finish second in the group log with eight points from six games.
Before the game the pressure was high on the shoulder of Amuneke whom they threatened with sack if he failed to qualify the country.
But the visit of the country’s prime Minister Kasiam Malijawa Kasim to the camp stepped down the pressure.
By securing their passage, the players are entitled to $5000 each for achieving the historic feat.
Amuneke will follow the footsteps of late coach Stephen Keshi who also led Hawks of Togo to AFCON in 2010.
The former Barcelona forward qualified Tanzania as group L runners up with 8 points from 6 matches behind Cranes of Uganda who have 13 points from the same number of matches.