Uganda beat hosts Tanzania, 3-0 in Group A match day two of the Total Africa Cup of Nations U17, on Wednesday at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, handing Nigeria qualification to the semis and ultimately the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil later in the year.
Goals from Kawooya Andrew, Asaba Ivan who was named Total Man of the Match and Najib Yiga were enough for the CECAFA champions to send the hosts out of the competition.
Nigeria has six points after two matches, Angola and Uganda on three points apiece, whilst Tanzania sit pointless at the depth of the standings. Uganda will play Nigeria on match day three with Tanzania hosts Angola, all games to be played on Saturday evening to decide the Group’s other slot for the last four.
The host got off to a god start with Captain Abraham Morice denied by Uganda goalkeeper, Jack Komakech in the opening minutes.
Andrew broke the deadlock on 15 minutes capitalizing on a defensive blunder to stun the host crowd.
Asaba scored the second for Uganda in the 28th minute, exploiting yet another defensive woe of the Serengeti Boys.
The hosts lost the chance to halve the deficit in the 38th minute when referee, Samir Guezzaz from Morocco awarded them an indirect free-kick after Uganda goalie, Komakech was punished for holding on to the ball, but the resultant kick was no troubles for the Ugandans.
Tanzania came high on the second half, striking twice in the opening 15 minutes through leading marksman Kelvin John to no avail.
Yiga put the icing on the cake heading home the third on 77 minutes to seal victory and put his side back in contention for a place at the last four.
Total Man of the Match: Asaba Ivan (Uganda)
Samuel Fabin (Head Coach, Uganda)
We are happy that we were able to bounce back and get good results against the hosts, though it was not easy. The first game that we lost to Angola we played with 4-4-2 formation but we had to change to 4-3-3 to win today.
Oscar Mirambo (Head Coach, Tanzania)
It is not easy for us to be out of the competition this early. We have a burden in our hearts but we still need to focus on the final game. We conceded five goals against Nigeria and today three, it is not good numbers. We had little time for improvement. We had to do these improvements during the preparations but maybe we didn’t do enough.