PHOTOS: Cranes Tame Tanzania


treat geneva; font-size: small;”>The Cranes that beat Tanzania at their own home ground in Benjamin Mkapa stadium by a goal to nil sailed through to South Africa by four goals to one on aggregate.

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remedy geneva; font-size: small;”>In a conversation before the game, approved I managed to interact with two journalists from Tanzania with one saying he expected the Taifa Stars to win by two goals to one.

The other was, however, skeptical about the game and hesitant to tell me he expected a one all draw at the end of the match.

Taifa Stars preparing for the match

In my view I thought the Tanzanians would put up much more resistance and I expected the game to end in a goalless draw.

However, none of us had the correct prediction as the Cranes floored the visitors.

Kalanda ceebrates after scoring for Cranes


The Serbian tactician knows the Tanzanians in and out, having been there for several years as head coach for one of the country’s biggest club Young FC.

In an interview with Chimp Reports before the Tanzanian game in Dar- es salaam Micho noted that he knew all the abilities of the Tanzanians and knew each and every player as he noted that he nurtured some of them.

At Namboole after yesterday’s game, Micho said his tactics against the Tanzanians worked well as he stressed that he had to attack the Tanzanians as the best way of defending against them which worked well especially in the second half of the game.

Amama Mbabazi (C) was the guest of honour at the function

Cranes record at Namboole:

The Cranes entered yesterday’s game with a good record at their own stadium having lost no game to any opponent for 8 consecutive years now since 2004 when they were beaten by South Africa thanks to a penalty by veteran striker Ben McCarthy.

This gave the Cranes all the morale to fight hard and consolidate their record. This, coupled with the good Cranes record against the Tanzanians, handed down a landslide victory to the Cranes.

Uganda’s Majwega in action

Brilliance of Kalanda

The URA striker Frank Kalanda and KCCA FC’s Brian Majwega did a tremendous job for the Cranes, scoring 3 goals.

The duo kept the Taifa Stars defenders at bay giving them hard time and little time to breath.

Majwega made solo runs on the left wing, always crossing balls for the URA striker which eventually led to goals.

A good example was the cross that would later breed a penalty which was perfectly converted into a goal by Majwega.

Fans cheering Cranes to victory

The supporters

Uganda’s supporters were the 12th player for the Uganda Cranes. They showed love to their team by coming in big numbers and cheering the team from the first minute up to the last whistle.

This motivated the players to also play hard against the Tanzanians who had only a few supporters.

Majwega rolls the pass that led to a penalty

Cranes thank fans for the overwhelming support

Cranes supporters pouring in at Namboole


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