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Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amuneke warns of Afcon giant-killings

12:46 BST 17/04/2019
Emmanuel Amuneke Tanzania coach
The Taifa Stars are back at the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 39 years

Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amuneke is confident that his side can beat some of the more fancied teams at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in June and July.

The Taifa Stars are in Group C, together with tournament favourites Senegal and Algeria as well as East African neighbours Kenya.

Returning to Afcon finals for the first time since 1980, Tanzania are given little chance of success in Egypt but coach Amuneke has warned that his players are capable of giant-killing acts.

”Don’t be surprised if you see some of these so-called big teams packing their bags early in the tournament,” Amuneke told BBC Sport.

“I personally don't fear any team and I know the so-called small teams are going to the Nations Cup with a lot of appetite to try and prove a point.

"Every team that has qualified for is strong enough and now it's about how much more work the technical teams and players do.

“The small details will count during the tournament, but I like the hunger that my team has. Many people thought Tanzania could not qualify and now we are there and we need to prove yet another point.

”It is good Caf has adopted the 24-team system which gives chance to many other teams. Generally teams have improved because younger boys have changed their attitudes and want to shine to improve their daily lives and families.”

Tanzania booked their Afcon ticket in style, thumping Uganda 3-0 in their final qualifier in Dar es Salaam. 

They will be making their second-ever Afcon appearance in Egypt.