Ivory Coast Afcon 2023 Qs
Matchday 4 results
Niger 0-1 Algeria
Tanzania 0-1 Uganda
Group F standings
P W D L GD Pts
Algeria 4 4 0 0 7 12
Tanzania 4 1 1 2 -2 4
Uganda 4 1 1 2 -2 4
Niger 4 0 2 2 -2 2
Tanzania vs. Niger
Uganda vs. Algeria
Niger vs. Uganda
Algeria vs. Tanzania
StarTimes Uganda Premier League star Rogers Mato came off the bench to score the winner as Uganda beat Tanzania 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium on Tuesday night.
The result revives Uganda’s chances of qualifying for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations and is the perfect response to defeat by the same scoreline to Tanzania last Friday.
This means that Uganda must now beat Algeria, who they will host from an neutral venue on the continent, and Niger away from home in June and September.
KCCA forward Mato was one of three UPL stars that featured in the victory alongside another second half substitute in SC Villa’s Travis Mutyaba and club-mate Kenneth Ssemakula, the only local-based player to start.
There was little to write home about in the first half apart from a power outage that reduced visibility, forcing the referee to stop the match in the 37th minute.
After over 30 minutes break and consultations, the match official restarted the game and the teams played the remaining eight minutes of the half.
Tanzania had slightly better possession, with Abdul Suleiman, Simon Happygod Msuva and Tanzanian captain Mbwana Samatta testing Uganda’s midfield and backline.
Ismail Mugulusi and Bobosi Byaruhanga, who started in a midfield trident with Khalid Aucho, did their best to contain the Tanzanians while skipper Emmanuel Okwi and Richard Basangwa probed the other end without much success.
Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic made a double swoop on 62 minutes, introducing striker Fahad Bayo for Okwi and Mato for Basangwa.
In between Tanzania poured forward but the Cranes weathered the storm. Micho made more changes, replacing Ochaya with youngster Mutyaba on 75 minutes, and late on Steven Mukwala for Mugulusi and Faruku Miya for Byaruhanga.
With just three minutes on the pitch, Miya released Mato through the middle and the KCCA forward beautifully placed the ball beyond Tanzania goalkeeper Aishi Manula in the first minute of added time. The Cranes held on for all three points.