By The Numbers: Tanzania 3-0 Uganda

Tanzania overcame rivals Uganda 3-0 on Sunday to qualify for the Afcon finals for the first time since 1980, Goal breaks down the clash in numbers

  1. #1 Amunike ends 39-year Afcon drought

    Emmanuel Amunike's men needed to beat Uganda and hope Lesotho does not overcome Cape Verde, in the other Group L encounter, to clinch their spot to the Nations Cup in Egypt in June. They did overcome the Cranes 3-0 but not without nerves as they were hoping that the result in Praia would also favour them.

    Goal looks at some interesting statistics following Tanzania's qualification 

  2. #2 Uganda dominated possession

    Despite their convincing win, the Taifa Stars were made to work twice as hard given Uganda enjoyed the lions share of the ball possesion on both halves. In the first half, Uganda had 52.7% of the possession compared to Tanzania's 47.3%. The second half was slightly better as the hosts staked 48.4% while the Cranes  claimed 51.6%. 

  3. #3 Total passes

    As you would expect, with Uganda's dominance of the pessession, they also completed the most passes, making 391 passes altogerther.  Despite thier failure to score on the day, 160 of  thier passes were offensive [forward]. While Tanzania managed 367 topal passes, 147 of those were offensive passes.
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    #4 Samatta influence

    Despite not getting on the scoresheet or hitting the target. Samatta, as expected, was the man the Taifa Stars relied heavily on. Tanzania's game plan was to release Samatta and John Bocco on the counter and this was evidenced by the 73 loing balls they played compared to Uganda's 56.  Fom the long balls, the Belgian based forward benefitted mostly as he completed, 5 dribbles the most on the field,  and was also the most fouled man on the field, winning seven fouls. Whilst his trickery also won Tanzania the penalty which was converted by Erasto Nyoni. 
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    #5 Attacking threat

    The Taifa Star's intent on the day was also shown by their attacking threat on the day.  Amounike's men had more positive actions in opposition box 16 compared to Uganda's 7, they also had more shots inside the box, 7/4 and also had a 33%goals to shots ratio compared to Uganda's 0%. 

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    #6 Onyango beaten at last

    Uganda's Onyango, was beaten for the first time in the Afcon qualifiers. It was the first time the Mamelodi Sundowns shot-stopper conceded after keeping five clean sheets in the other Group L qualifiers.