Tanzania did just enough to seal their spot for the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, after holding on for a goalless draw in their final group B game against Sudan.
Despite not looking as impressive against Sudan, head coach Juma Mgunda has made it clear that they have enough to win the championship because they enough to handle the knock out games, even if they draw hosts Uganda for the semi-finals.
Tanzania is more likely to play the hosts Uganda, who are favourites to qualify top of Group A if they can pick a point off Djibouti in their final group game.
“We shall have to be focused from now on because the games don’t get any easy from now. It will be difficult if against the hosts, but this is a knockout game and nothing will scare us,” Mguna told Football-256
“Of course Uganda has their fans to back them, but in knock out games you need the right moments to fall your way, and if you take them then you give yourselves a better chance of winning.” He added.
Mgunda has utilized almost a similar eleven for all the group games, asked if he is not afraid of fatigue finally catching up to his team, he said the players should be a little tired but they do have time to recover well before the semi-finals.
“We have used the same players, while some teams have rested their key players. But we now focus on recovery and how we can have them ready for the Semi-finals.” The coach continued.
“Luckily we have played 24 hours earlier than our opponents, which gives us 24 hours more recovery time, so the players should be more rested by the time we play the semis,” Mgunda stressed.
The former champions accumulated four points in their group, enough to finish second behind defending champions Kenya who progressed with maximum points.
The Kilimanjaro stars headed into the game against Sudan with three points and a point against Sudan would see them progress to the semi-finals for the first time since 2013.
Against Sudan, they struggled to get out of gear number one, but they didn’t need to as their opponents did not provide so much of a challenge to necessitate that.
Either side would have progressed with victory on Saturday. After Kenya made it easy for them, defeating Zanzibar Heroes 1-0 earlier.