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Uganda’s National Football team, the Cranes faces Tanzania in another encounter of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, March 28.

The Taifa Stars were victorious in the last encounter in Egypt, where the Cranes hosted their home game on Friday, and they will be looking to make it back-to-back wins over the bottom placed side. A late goal from Saimon Msuva ensured Uganda remain bottom of Group F as the Taifa Stars moved into second place on four points in the three games.

While the Cranes are yet to find a win, the loss to Tanzania marked the first win for the Southern neighbors in this qualifying campaign. Another loss for the Cranes could seal Uganda’s fate should 3rd placed Niger fall to Algeria in the other game of the group, which could give Tanzania a third appearance at the AFCON finals after previously qualifying in 1980 and 2019.

The Cranes last featured at the AFCON in 2019 which was their 7th, with their first coming in 1962. The other times the Cranes have been at Africa’s Premium tournament were in 1968, 1974, 1976 and 2017 were they could not go past the group stage of the tournament, while their best performances have been in 1968 were they finished runners up and 2019 were they were eliminated the round of 16.

The other times they have had a chance were in 1963, 1980, 1982 and 1990 but withdrew from the tournament.

Meanwhile, Cranes coach Micho is under pressure and this could become worse should Uganda fall to Tanzania in today’s game

Tanzania vs Uganda Head-to-Head

  • The Cranes have met 60 times, with Uganda winning 32-13,
  • Tanzania have beaten Uganda 1-0 in both of their last two clashes. They had lost their previous three encounters with Uganda without scoring.
  • The hosts have won two of their last three games after failing to win their previous three. In both wins, the Taifa Stars have kept clean sheets.
  • The visitors are winless in nine games (excluding the African Nations Championship and Nowruz Cup).
  • Uganda have scored just once in the AFCON qualifiers (Milton Karisa vs Niger), the fewest after only Botswana (0)

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