Tanzania national football team

The Tanzania national football team (Swahili: Timu ya Taifa ya Mpira wa Miguu ya Tanzania) represents Tanzania in men's international football and is controlled by the Tanzania Football Federation, the governing body for football in Tanzania, Tanzania's home ground is Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam and their head coach is Kim Poulsen from Denmark. They are colloquially known as the Taifa Stars. Tanzania has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup. Before uniting with Zanzibar, the team played as the Tanganyika national football team, The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Tanzania
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Taifa Stars
AssociationTanzania Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCECAFA (East & Central Africa)
Head coachKim Poulsen
CaptainMbwana Samatta
Most capsErasto Nyoni (107)
Top scorerMrisho Ngasa (25)
Home stadiumNational Stadium
FIFA codeTAN
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 131 Decrease 1 (23 June 2022)[1]
Highest65 (February 1995)
Lowest175 (October–November 2005)
First international
 Uganda 7–0 Tanganyika 
(Uganda; Date Unknown 1945)
as Tanzania
 Tanzania 1–1 Kenya 
(Tanzania; 1 March 1969)
Biggest win
 Tanzania 7–0 Somalia 
(Jinja, Uganda; 1 December 1995)
 Somalia 0–7 Tanzania 
(Kampala, Uganda; 1 December 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Tanganyika 0–9 Kenya 
(Tanganyika; Date Unknown 1956)
as Tanzania
 Saudi Arabia 8–0 Tanzania 
(Dammam, Saudi Arabia; 11 September 1998)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances2 (first in 1980)
Best resultGroup stage (1980 and 2019)

The island of Zanzibar, part of Tanzania (and once an independent nation), is also an associate member of CAF and has played matches with other nations, but is not eligible to enter the World Cup or Africa Cup of Nations. See Zanzibar national football team.

HistoryEdit

Since qualifying for the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations, Tanzania endured nearly 40 years without major success, struggling in both African and World Cup qualifiers. Their best effort was in 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification, where the Taifa Stars defeated Burkina Faso twice and only finished three points behind group winners Senegal. In 2010 Tanzania won the CECAFA Cup for the third time.[citation needed]

A recent achievement was a 1–0 win against South Africa in the 2017 COSAFA Cup Quarter-finals. But afterwards, Tanzania lost the Semi-finals 2–4 to Zambia. Then, in the Third-place playoff, Tanzania managed to win the match against Lesotho 4–2 in a penalty shootout after the extra time ended in a goalless draw. This Third place was considered Tanzania's biggest football achievement in many years.[citation needed]

On 24 March 2019, Tanzania beat East African rivals Uganda 3–0 to reach the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 39 years. At the Finals the Taifa Stars, being the weakest team in the group, lost all three Group C matches, as predicted. A few months later, Tanzania qualified for the African Nations Championship for only the second time, as well as defeating Burundi in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.[citation needed]

Recent results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2021Edit

2 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification DR Congo   1–1   Tanzania Lubumbashi, DR Congo
15:00 UTC+2 Mbokani   23' Report Msuva   36' Stadium: Stade TP Mazembe
Referee: Kalilou Ibrahim Traore (Ivory Coast)
7 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Tanzania   3–2   Madagascar Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
21:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Mashood Ssali (Uganda)
7 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Tanzania   0–1   Benin Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
16:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Celso Alvação (Mozambique)
10 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Benin   0–1   Tanzania Cotonou, Benin
14:00 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Stade de l'Amitié
Referee: Omar Abdulkadir Artan (Somalia)
11 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Tanzania   0-3   DR Congo Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
15:00 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)
14 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Madagascar   1–1   Tanzania Antananarivo, Madagascar
16:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Mahamasina Municipal Stadium
Referee: Messie Nkounkou (Republic of Congo)
9 December Friendly Tanzania   0–2   Uganda
Report Asaba   71'
Vuni   90+1'

2022Edit

23 March Friendly Tanzania   3–1   Central African Republic
Report
29 March Friendly Tanzania   1–1   Sudan Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Stadium: National Stadium (Tanzania)
4 June 2023 AFCON qualification Niger   1–1   Tanzania Cotonou, Benin
17:00
Report
Stadium: Stade de l'Amitié
Referee: Komlanvi Aklassou (Togo)
8 June 2023 AFCON qualification Tanzania   0–2   Algeria Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
19:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: National Stadium (Tanzania)
Referee: Mahmood Ismail (Sudan)
September 2023 AFCON qualification Uganda   v   Tanzania Uganda
Report
September 2023 AFCON qualification Tanzania   v   Uganda Tanzania
Report

2023Edit

CoachesEdit

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Aishi Manula (1995-09-13) 13 September 1995 (age 26) 51 0   Simba
1GK Metacha Mnata (1998-11-25) 25 November 1998 (age 23) 9 0 Free agent
1GK Abutwalib Mshery 0 0   Mtibwa Sugar

2DF Shomari Kapombe (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 (age 30) 81 1   Simba
2DF Mohamed Husseini (1996-11-01) 1 November 1996 (age 25) 32 0   Simba
2DF Bakari Mwamnyeto (1995-10-05) 5 October 1995 (age 26) 26 0   Young Africans
2DF Dickson Job (2000-12-29) 29 December 2000 (age 21) 11 0   Young Africans
2DF Kennedy Juma (1994-09-27) 27 September 1994 (age 27) 10 0   Simba
2DF Kibwana Shomari (2000-11-21) 21 November 2000 (age 21) 5 0   Young Africans
2DF Haji Mnoga (2002-04-16) 16 April 2002 (age 20) 3 0   Portsmouth
2DF Abdalla Kheri (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 25) 2 0   Azam

3MF Himid Mao (1992-11-15) 15 November 1992 (age 29) 61 2   Ghazl El Mahalla
3MF Salum Abubakar (1989-02-21) 21 February 1989 (age 33) 50 1   Young Africans
3MF Mzamiru Yassin (1996-01-03) 3 January 1996 (age 26) 36 0   Simba
3MF Feisal Salum (1998-01-11) 11 January 1998 (age 24) 25 2   Young Africans
3MF Novatus Dismas (2002-09-02) 2 September 2002 (age 19) 10 2   Zulte Waregem
3MF Aziz Andabwile (2000-05-12) 12 May 2000 (age 22) 2 0   Mbeya City
3MF Ben Starkie (2002-07-23) 23 July 2002 (age 20) 2 0   Spalding United

4FW Saimon Msuva (1993-10-02) 2 October 1993 (age 28) 77 18   Wydad AC
4FW Mbwana Samatta (1992-12-23) 23 December 1992 (age 29) 68 22   Royal Antwerp
4FW Faridi Mussa (1996-06-21) 21 June 1996 (age 26) 37 1   Young Africans
4FW Nickson Kibabage (2000-10-12) 12 October 2000 (age 21) 14 0   Kinondoni Municipal Council
4FW Denis Kibu (1998-12-04) 4 December 1998 (age 23) 7 0   Simba
4FW Reliants Lusajo (1990-03-07) 7 March 1990 (age 32) 7 0   Namungo
4FW Kelvin John (2003-06-10) 10 June 2003 (age 19) 5 0   Genk
4FW Abdul Hamisi Suleiman (2001-02-26) 26 February 2001 (age 21) 5 0   Coastal Union
4FW George Mpole (1998-07-27) 27 July 1998 (age 24) 4 2   Geita Gold
4FW Ibrahim Joshua (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 28) 2 0   Tusker

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for Tanzania in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ramadhan Kabwili (1997-10-20) 20 October 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Young Africans vs.   Madagascar, 14 November 2021
GK Wilbol Maseke (2000-08-08) 8 August 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Azam vs.   Benin, 10 October 2021

DF Israel Mwenda (2000-03-10) 10 March 2000 (age 22) 5 1   KMC v.   Sudan, 29 March 2022
DF Lusajo Mwaikenda (2000-10-27) 27 October 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Azam v.   Sudan, 29 March 2022
DF Erasto Nyoni (1988-05-07) 7 May 1988 (age 34) 107 7   Simba vs.   Madagascar, 14 November 2021
DF Edward Manyama (1994-04-02) 2 April 1994 (age 28) 5 1   Namungo vs.   Madagascar, 14 November 2021

MF Jonas Mkude (1992-12-03) 3 December 1992 (age 29) 36 0   Simba v.   Sudan, 29 March 2022
MF Zawadi Mauya (1994-11-26) 26 November 1994 (age 27) 2 0   Young Africans v.   Sudan, 29 March 2022
MF Ramadhan Chombo (1987-12-09) 9 December 1987 (age 34) 8 0   Biashara United vs.   Madagascar, 14 November 2021
MF Meshack Mwamita (2003-08-13) 13 August 2003 (age 18) 7 0   Gwambina vs.   Madagascar, 14 November 2021
MF Mudathir Yahya (1995-05-06) 6 May 1995 (age 27) 22 0   Azam vs.   Madagascar, 7 September 2021

FW Tepsi Evance (2002-12-30) 30 December 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Azam v.   Sudan, 29 March 2022
FW John Bocco (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 33) 82 17   Simba vs.   Madagascar, 14 November 2021
FW Iddy Nado (1995-11-03) 3 November 1995 (age 26) 12 0   Azam vs.   Madagascar, 14 November 2021
FW Ayubu Lyanga (1998-03-23) 23 March 1998 (age 24) 11 1   Azam vs.   Madagascar, 7 September 2021

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

Player recordsEdit

As of 8 June 2022[9]
Players in bold are still active with Tanzania.

Competitive recordEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1970 Did not enter Did not enter
  1974 Did not qualify 3 0 2 1 1 4
  1978 Withdrew Withdrew
  1982 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 7 6
  1986 2 0 2 0 1 1
  1990 Did not enter Did not enter
  1994 Withdrew during qualifying Withdrew during qualifying
  1998 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
    2002 2 0 0 2 2 4
  2006 2 0 1 1 0 3
  2010 6 2 2 2 9 6
  2014 8 3 0 5 10 14
  2018 4 1 1 2 4 10
  2022 8 2 4 2 8 10
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 41 11 12 18 43 60

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances: 2
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1957 Not affiliated to CAF
  1959
  1962
  1963
  1965
  1968 Withdrew during qualifying
  1970 Did not qualify
  1972
  1974
  1976
  1978
  1980 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 6
  1982 Withdrew
  1984 Did not qualify
  1986 Withdrew during qualifying
  1988 Did not qualify
  1990
  1992
  1994 Withdrew during qualifying
  1996 Did not qualify
  1998
    2000
  2002
  2004 Withdrew during qualifying
  2006 Did not qualify
  2008
  2010
    2012
  2013
  2015
  2017
  2019 Group stage 24th 3 0 0 3 2 8
  2021 Did not qualify
  2023 To be determined
  2025
Total Group stage 2/33 6 0 1 5 5 14

African Nations Championship recordEdit

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 2
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  2009 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 2 2
  2011 Did not qualify
  2014
  2016
  2018
  2020 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 3 4
  2022 To be determined
Total Group stage 2/6 6 2 2 2 5 6

African GamesEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games Record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
  1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Tanzania national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Gossage Cup / CECAFA CupEdit

HonoursEdit

CECAFA Cup :

ReferencesEdit

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  6. ^ "International Matches 1993 - Africa". www.rsssf.com.
  7. ^ "International Matches 1998 - Africa". www.rsssf.com.
  8. ^ "Kikosi cha Taifa Stars kitakachoingia kambini kwa mechi za kufuzu AFCON 2023". TFF Tanzania - Twitter. 20 May 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  9. ^ "Tanzania". National Football Teams.

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