Tanzania national football team

The Tanzania national football team (Swahili: Timu ya Taifa ya Mpira wa Miguu ya Tanzania) represents Tanzania in 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 interim head coach is Etienne Ndayiragije from Burundi. Tanzania has never qualified for the World Cup. Before uniting with Zanzibar, the team played as the Tanganyika national football team.

Tanzania
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Taifa Stars
AssociationTanzania Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCECAFA (East & Central Africa)
Head coachEtienne Ndayiragije
CaptainMbwana Samatta
Most capsMrisho Ngasa (100)
Top scorerMrisho Ngasa (25)
Home stadiumNational Stadium
FIFA codeTAN
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 134 Decrease 1 (28 November 2019)[1]
Highest65 (February 1995)
Lowest175 (October–November 2005)
Elo ranking
Current 128 Decrease 1 (25 November 2019)[2]
Highest75 (11 November 1979)
Lowest168 (19 December 2004)
First international
 Uganda 7–0 Tanganyika Tanganyika
(Uganda; 1945)
Biggest win
 Tanzania 7–0 Somalia 
(Jinja, Uganda; December 1, 1995)
 Tanzania 7–0 Somalia 
(Kampala, Uganda; December 1, 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Tanganyika 0–9 Kenya 
(Tanganyika; 1956)
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.

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.

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 lost all three Group C matches. 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.

HonoursEdit

CECAFA Cup :

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 To be determined To be determined
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 33 7 10 16 35 50

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 To be determined
  2023
  2025
Total Group stage 2/32 6 0 1 5 5 14

African Nations Championship recordEdit

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 1
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 To be determined
  2022
Total Group stage 2/6 3 1 1 1 2 2

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

Recent results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier matches against Burundi.[3]

Caps and goals updated as of 4 September 2019 after the game against Burundi.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Juma Kaseja (1985-04-20) 20 April 1985 (age 34) 62 0   KMC
13 1GK Metacha Mnata (1998-11-25) 25 November 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Mbao
18 1GK Beno Kakolanya 0 0   Simba

2 2DF Gadiel Kamagi (1996-09-12) 12 September 1996 (age 23) 24 0   Simba
3 2DF Haruna Shamte (1988-12-27) 27 December 1988 (age 30) 3 0   Lipuli
4 2DF Erasto Nyoni (1988-05-07) 7 May 1988 (age 31) 88 5   Simba
5 2DF Kelvin Yondan (1984-10-09) 9 October 1984 (age 35) 82 0   Young African
6 2DF Iddy Moby 0 0   Polisi Tanzania
15 2DF Mohamed Husseini (1995-01-11) 11 January 1995 (age 24) 12 0   Simba
22 2DF Hassan Kessy (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 24) 8 0   Nkana
23 2DF Iddy Nado (1995-11-03) 3 November 1995 (age 24) 1 0   Azam

7 3MF Himid Mao Mkami (1992-11-15) 15 November 1992 (age 27) 51 2   ENPPI
8 3MF Salum Abubakar (1989-02-21) 21 February 1989 (age 30) 36 0   Azam
14 3MF Mohamed Issa 0 0   Young Africans
16 3MF Frank Domayo (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 26) 39 0   Azam
17 3MF Faridi Mussa (1995-06-21) 21 June 1995 (age 24) 21 0   Tenerife B
19 3MF Eleuter Mpepo 0 0   Buildcon
20 3MF Jonas Mkude (1991-12-03) 3 December 1991 (age 28) 20 0   Simba
21 3MF Ally Hamis Ng'anzi (2000-09-03) 3 September 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Forward Madison

9 4FW Abdillahie Yussuf (1992-10-03) 3 October 1992 (age 27) 0 0   Blackpool
10 4FW Mbwana Samatta (1992-01-07) 7 January 1992 (age 27) 50 17   Genk
11 4FW Hassan Dilunga (1993-10-19) 19 October 1993 (age 26) 8 0   Simba
12 4FW Simon Msuva (1993-10-02) 2 October 1993 (age 26) 55 11   Difaâ El Jadidi

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 Aishi Manula (1995-09-13) 13 September 1995 (age 24) 30 0   Simba 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
GK Aron Kalambo (1995-01-07) 7 January 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Tanzania Prisons 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
GK Suleiman Salula 0 0   Malindi 2019 AFCON PRE

DF David Mwantika (1988-12-21) 21 December 1988 (age 30) 4 0   Azam 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Ally Mtoni (1993-03-13) 13 March 1993 (age 26) 2 0   Lipuli 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Vicent Philipo (1996-08-06) 6 August 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Mbao 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Aggrey Morris (1984-03-12) 12 March 1984 (age 35) 49 3   Azam 2019 AFCON PRE}}
DF Shomari Kapombe (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 (age 27) 68 1   Simba 2019 AFCON PRE
DF Abdi Banda (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 (age 24) 19 0   Baroka 2019 AFCON PRE
DF Kennedy Wilson (1994-09-27) 27 September 1994 (age 25) 4 0   Singida United 2019 AFCON PRE

MF Mudathir Yahya (1995-05-06) 6 May 1995 (age 24) 15 0   Azam 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Yahya Zayd (1998-09-29) 29 September 1998 (age 21) 5 0   Ismaily 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Feisal Salum (1998-01-11) 11 January 1998 (age 21) 4 0   Young Africans 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Shiza Kichuya (1996-08-05) 5 August 1996 (age 23) 23 4   ENPPI 2019 AFCON PRE
MF Ayubu Lyanga (1998-03-23) 23 March 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Coastal Union 2019 AFCON PRE
MF Boniface Claryo 0 0   U-20 2019 AFCON PRE
MF Fred Tangalu 0 0   Lipuli 2019 AFCON PRE
MF Miraji Athumani 0 0   Lipuli 2019 AFCON PRE

FW John Bocco (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 30) 70 16   Simba 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Thomas Ulimwengu (1993-06-14) 14 June 1993 (age 26) 46 7   JS Saoura 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Rashid Mandawa (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 25) 6 0   BDF XI 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Shabani Chilunda (1998-07-20) 20 July 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Tenerife 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Kelvin Pius John (2003-06-10) 10 June 2003 (age 16) 0 0   U-17 2019 AFCON PRE
FW Ibrahim Ajib (1996-09-12) 12 September 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Young Africans 2019 AFCON PRE
FW Kassim Hamis (1995-10-23) 23 October 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Kagera Sugar 2019 AFCON PRE

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.

CoachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  3. ^ Iranzi, Fabrice (3 September 2019). "2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Tanzania Taifa Stars took a flight to Burundi". RegionWeek.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "International Matches 1987 - Africa". www.rsssf.com.
  6. ^ "International Matches 1992 - Africa". www.rsssf.com.
  7. ^ "International Matches 1993 - Africa". www.rsssf.com.
  8. ^ "International Matches 1998 - Africa". www.rsssf.com.
  9. ^ Emmanuel Amunike
  10. ^ "CHAN: Tanzania name new coach ahead of Kenya tie". www.futaa.com.

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