Magufuli gift Taifa Stars players parcels of land after AFCON qualification

Magufuli gift Taifa Stars players parcels of land after AFCON qualification

Fred Kennedy
March 25, 2019 at 1:13 PM

- Taifa Stars booked a slot in the 2019 African Cup of Nations after defeating Uganda 3-0

- This will be the first time Tanzania will be making an appearance at the continental competition in 39 years

- Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Burundi are among East African countries which have qualified for the tournament

President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania has offered parcels of land to Taifa Stars players and the technical bench after their historic African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification.

Tanzania stunned Uganda 3-0 in their last Group L qualifying match played at the Uhuru Stadium on Sunday, March 24, to seal a place in the continental competition.

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Speaking shortly after the gesture, Magufuli admitted he was impressed with the team's performance.

“I have been touched by this team for reaching the Afcon finals and have decided to reward each one of them with pieces of land to build houses,” quoted the Tanzanian leader.

This is the first time Tanzania are qualifying for the showpiece in 39 years, making their last appearance in 1980 hosted in Nigeria.

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Taifa Stars finished second in Group L with eight points above Lesotho and Cape Verde who were also in contention for qualification.

They now join Uganda, Kenya and Burundi, all who have already qualified for the competition. earlier reported that Ghana beat Kenya 1-0 in a tough Africa Cup of Nations Group F qualifier played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday, March 23.

Kwesi Appiah fielded an exceptionally strong team that was tasked with seeking revenge on the Kenyans for their first leg 1-0 defeat in Nairobi.

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