The 10-man Tanzanian side showed more calmness to stop Ethiopia 4-3 in penalty shoot-outs at the Umuganda Stadium after the two teams had settled for a 1-1 draw in the 90 minutes.
After the final whistle it was all celebrations for the Tanzanian players and their officials, while most Ethiopian players fell to the ground in tears.
Tanzania started the game on a high attacking in numbers, but the Ethiopian defense stood firm.
After 31 minutes Tanzania’s Kassimu Yahaya with a good chance to score headed out at close range.
But after 38 minutes Omari Bakari with a well-taken free-kick gave Tanzania the lead.
In the second half the Ethiopian team returned charged to fight back and redeem themselves.
But after 69 minutes Tanzania’s Kassimu Yahaya Ibrahim was sent-off.
The Ethiopian team leveled matters after 72 minutes through Mikiyas Ganta who tapped in at close range.
During the penalty shoot outs Tanzania’s goalkeeper Abdallah Hassani saved two kicks, while Ethiopia’s Tesfamaryam Omer saved one penalty kick.
Tanzania joined Uganda as the two representatives in the Cecafa region to play in the Afcon U-17 competition to take place in Morocco next year in March.
“We are glad the team has qualified for the Afcon U-17. It is by playing at some of these big tournaments that the players mature faster,” said Tanzania’s head coach Maalim Swalehe Mohamed.
Tanzania will now face Uganda Cubs in the final on Tuesday, 22nd December 2020.