The four teams in Group C at the Africa Cup of Nations will have differing ambitions in Egypt with Senegal and Algeria eyeing the title, while Kenya and Tanzania the first knock out stage.
Having been part of the Nigeria team that defeated Zambia in the 1994 final in Tunisia, many will expect the experience of coach Emmanuel Amunike to count as the TAIFA STARS of Tanzania prepare to lock horns with the Terenga Lions of Senegal 6 pm on Sunday.
Emmanuel Amuneke, former Barcelona winger and current coach of Tanzania is undoubtedly one of the success stories of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying tournament after securing a place for the Taifa Stars on the continental soccer table for the first time since 1980 when they made their debut.
The former Africa Footballer of the Year believes with his experience and top talent in the team like Simba FC’s John Bocco and Thomas Ulimwengu playing at Sudanese club AL HILAL, they can shock other teams in Groups C and qualify.
“In our group, we have Senegal and Algeria; these two teams are very experienced as far as the AFCON is concerned and there is also the strong East African rivalry against Kenya. So we are in a very interesting group at the AFCON.
“The only way we can qualify from the group is to work very hard and pray for some luck too. We can’t be afraid after qualification for the biggest African football party. The only way to succeed is to work very hard, and we are ready to bend down and work very hard. If it pleases God Tanzania would do something great in Egypt.”
No doubt the Terenga Lions on paper seems to be fans favorite also the best team presently in the Africa Continent with The highest European Players.
Coached by former player ALIOU CISSE, the team is built around Liverpool UEFA Champions league winner– Sadio Mane, and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.
Other teams in the groups are KENYA, Nicknamed the Harambee Stars, and It’s been 15 years since they played at the AFCON. You will recall that they qualified after Sierra Leon was disqualified. They have a poor record of failing to make it out of the group stages in their previous 5 outings.
Victor Wanyama (Tottenham), is arguably the top player in the team and (Kashmiwa Reysol’s) Michael Olunga.
Another contending force Emmanuel Amunike is worried about is the Desert Foxes of Algeria. A Star-studded side, but were less convincing in their qualification after falling to Benin in October and taking just two points from the Gambia but that should not deceive you about their prowess going by the array of stars at their disposal.
Their weakest part must be their defence but with the duo of Riyad Mahrez who has just won the English Premier League with Manchester City and Porto’s Yacine Brahimi and (Leicester City) Islam Slimani; Coach DJAMEL BELMADI should be confident to have an attack that would easily score goals past any other opponent.
On the Average, Algeria have gotten to two Finals in 17 attempts and won just one in their home soil.