June 17, 2019 / 4:58 AM / a month ago

Factbox: Profile on Tanzania team for 2019 African Cup of Nations

(Reuters) - African Cup of Nations record:

Previous appearances in finals: (1) 1980

Best performance: Group Phase

Drawn in Group C with Algeria, Kenya and Senegal.

Coach: Emmanuel Amunike

Amunike sat on the bench for the duration of the 1994 Cup of Nations finals before Nigeria coach Clemens Westerhof thrust him into the starting line-up for the final against Zambia.

He took five minutes to open the scoring and netted a second to hand them the title.

It was the start of a playing career that took in spells at Sporting Lisbon and Barcelona and also saw him win Olympic gold.

As a coach, Amunike, now 48, won the under-17 World Cup with Nigeria in 2015 and was recruited by Tanzania last August.

Key player: Mbwana Samatta. Age: 26. Forward.

Samatta’s tally of 23 goals was a major factor as Racing Genk won the league title in Belgium this season.

It earned for the captain of the Tanzania national team the ‘Ebony Boot’, handed out annually to the best African in the Belgian league.

Samatta has already won the Confederation of African Football’s award for the best African-based footballer, achieved in 2016 after his goals helped TP Mazembe Englebert of the Democratic Republic of Congo win the Champions League.

FIFA world ranking June 2019: 131

How they qualified: Second placed team in Group L, behind Uganda but ahead of Lesotho and the Cape Verde Islands.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Aron Kalambo (Tanzania Prisons), Aishi Manula (Simba), Metacha Mhata (Mbao)

Defenders: Mohammed Hussein (Simba), Gadiel Michael (Young Africans), Aggrey Morris (Azam), Ally Mtoni (Lipuli), Erasto Nyoni (Simba), Vincent Phillipo (Mbao), Hassan Ramadan (Nkana), Kelvin Yondani (Young Africans)

Midfielders: Frank Domayo (Azam), Himid Mao (Petrojet), Farid Mussa (Tenerife), Feisal Salum (Young Africans), Mudathir Yahya (Azam), Yahya Zayd (Ismailia)

Forwards: John Bocco (Simba), Rashid Mandawa (Botswana Defence Force XI), Simon Msuva (Difaa El Jadida), Adi Yussuf (Blackpool), Mbwana Samatta (Racing Genk), Thomas Ulimwengu (JS Saoura)

Compiled by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Nick Mulvenney

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