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Afcon: Tanzania set for Senegal showdown

10:09 GMT+3 20/06/2019
Tanzania get together for a team picture during the 2019 Afcon Qualifiers against Uganda on 08 September 2018 at Mandela Stadium, Namboole, Kampala
Emmanuel Amuneke’s men are battle-ready for their first appearance in the continental tournament in 39 years

Tanzania communication and media officer Clifford Ndimbo says the Taifa Stars are gearing up for their opening 2019 Africa Cup of Nations game against Senegal on Sunday.

The East Africans were one of the early arrivals in Egypt and have played two friendly games in preparation for the Afcon finals.

Emmanuel Amuneke’s men lost 1-0 in their first warm-up game against the host nation, the Pharaohs, at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium last Thursday.

On Sunday, they drew 1-1 with Zimbabwe in their final friendly game, with Mbwana Samatta’s strike cancelling out Knox Mutizwa’s first-half effort at El Sekka El Hadid Stadium in Cairo.

Ndimbo believes the players are getting ready to meet the Terenga Lions, who will be without their star-forward Sadio Mane for the encounter at the 30 June Stadium.

“The team already in Cairo, and all players are in good shape ahead of the finals kick off tomorrow. The team trained yesterday and are set to train today” Ndimbo told the DAILY News.

After their first game against Senegal, the Taifa Stars will lock horns with Kenya in their second game on June 27, before their final Group C match against Algeria on July 1.

Tanzania will hope to surpass their previous performance in the competition in 1980, where they were eliminated at the group stage..