It was a joyous Sunday evening for the East African Nations as Tanzania sealed a late victory against the already qualified Uganda to book a place in the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The 3-0 victory at the National Stadium-Dar Es Salaam made Tanzania the fourth East Africa team to make it to the 2019 competitions slate for Egypt just after Uganda, Kenya and Burundi secured their places.
With Ugandan goalkeeper Dennis Onyango having warned their hosts that he was going to do all he could to stop their neighbours from sealing AFCON Qualification, Tanzania who started brightly were to take a deserved 21st-minute lead through Simon Msuva; a goal that separated the two sides heading into the break
Erasto Nyoni was to double the hosts lead in the 51st minute after captain Mbwanna Samatta had won them a penalty after one of the Uganda defenders had handled his cross in the box.
Even before Uganda could settle, Tanzania was to add a third six minutes later through Aggrey Morris; his shot evading the Uganda defenders to beat goalkeeper Onyango.
This is the first time in history having nearly all teams from the East African Nations qualifying for the competition and fans will definitely have a lot to expect from the teams.
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will, for the first time, take place in June and July and will feature 24 teams rather than usual 16.