Substitute Mbaraka Yusuf made a huge impact scoring the winner as Tanzania beat Burundi 2-1 in an international friendly on Tuesday in Dar es Salaam.
Winger Saimon Msuva open the deadlock on the 22 minutes from a Ibrahim Ajibu header before Laudit Mavugo levelled for the Burundians on 54 minutes after capitalizing on a blunder by the Tanzania rear.
The game started with low tempo as only three chances were created in the opening 15 minutes, two for Tanzania through Ajibu and Msuva, with Mavugo responsible for the Burundians effort at goal.
After Msuva scored the opener, Burundi was back into the game but missed four more chances with Ndarusanje Jean and Mavugo the culprits.
Ajibu failed to add the tally for Tanzania just two minutes after the break after his effort went wide. Mavugo finally restored parity on 54 minutes.
Four minutes past the hour-mark, the Taifa Stars were awarded a free-kick inside the six yard after Burundi goalkeeper, Nahimana Jonathan handled a back pass, but the host failed to make that count.
‘Les Hirondelles’ came close to scoring twice within a spate of two minutes but Barirengako Franck and Uransenga Danny missing target on 72 minutes and two minutes later, before Mbaraka scored the winner five minutes later.
Salum Mayanga (Head Coach, Tanzania)
I am happy that the team showed progress. We played well against Botswana last weekend and we maintained that status today. In the first half, we created few chances and scored. Things were a bit harder in the second half as our opponents took control of the midfield and forced us back. The few changes I made were enough to give us victory. We are looking forward to more competitive games.
Nyangeko Olivier (Head Coach, Burundi)
It was a good game for us. Tanzania played with high intensity and could have scored more goals, but my defence was rock solid. Though we lost the game, it was a good test for us. I am happy that we saw our weaknesses and will work on them for the future.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football