Tanzania national football team

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Tanzania
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Nickname(s) Taifa Stars
Association Tanzania Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation CECAFA (East & Central Africa)
Head coach Dean Alty (caretaker)
Captain Mbwana Samatta
Most caps Erasto Nyoni (107)
Top scorer Mrisho Ngasa (25)
Home stadium National Stadium
FIFA code TAN
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FIFA ranking
Current 130 Increase2.svg 1 (6 October 2022) [1]
Highest65 (February 1995)
Lowest175 (October–November 2005)
First international
Flag of the Uganda Protectorate.svg  Uganda 7–0 Tanganyika  Flag of Tanganyika (1923-1961).svg
(Uganda; Date Unknown 1945)
as Tanzania
Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania 1–1 Kenya  Flag of Kenya.svg
(Tanzania; 1 March 1969)
Biggest win
Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania 7–0 Somalia  Flag of Somalia.svg
(Jinja, Uganda; 1 December 1995)
Flag of Somalia.svg  Somalia 0–7 Tanzania  Flag of Tanzania.svg
(Kampala, Uganda; 1 December 2012)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Tanganyika (1923-1961).svg  Tanganyika 0–9 Kenya  Flag of Kenya (1921-1963).svg
(Tanganyika; Date Unknown 1956)
as Tanzania
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 8–0 Tanzania  Flag of Tanzania.svg
(Dammam, Saudi Arabia; 11 September 1998)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances2 (first in 1980 )
Best resultGroup stage (1980 and 2019)

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 Dean Alty from Tanzania. 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).

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 .

History

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 fixtures

  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.

2021

9 December Friendly Tanzania  Flag of Tanzania.svg0–2Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda
Report Asaba Soccerball shade.svg71'
Vuni Soccerball shade.svg90+1'

2022

4 June 2023 AFCON qualification Niger  Flag of Niger.svg1–1Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania Cotonou, Benin
17:00
Report
Stadium: Stade de l'Amitié
Referee: Komlanvi Aklassou (Togo)
24 September Friendly Tanzania  Flag of Tanzania.svg1–0Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda Benghazi, Libya
19:00  UTC+2 Stadium: Martyrs of February Stadium
27 September Friendly Libya  Flag of Libya.svg2–1Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania Benghazi, Libya
Stadium: Martyrs of February Stadium

2023

September 2023 AFCON qualification Tanzania  Flag of Tanzania.svgvFlag of Uganda.svg  Uganda Tanzania
Report

Coaches

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Uganda and Libya on 24 and 27 September 2022. [7]

Caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2022, after the match against Algeria.
No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
181 GK Aishi Manula (1995-09-13) 13 September 1995 (age 27)510 Flag of Tanzania.svg Simba
11 GK Beno Kakolanya (1994-06-27) 27 June 1994 (age 28)00 Flag of Tanzania.svg Simba
221 GK Saidi Kipao (1996-12-29) 29 December 1996 (age 25)00 Flag of Tanzania.svg Kagera Sugar

2 DF Abdi Banda (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 (age 27)190 Flag of South Africa.svg Chippa United
2 DF Dickson Job (2000-12-29) 29 December 2000 (age 21)110 Flag of Tanzania.svg Young Africans
2 DF Kibwana Shomari (2000-11-21) 21 November 2000 (age 21)50 Flag of Tanzania.svg Young Africans
2 DF Charles Luhende (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 33)20 Flag of Tanzania.svg Kagera Sugar
2 DF Oscar Masai (2000-01-13) 13 January 2000 (age 22)00 Flag of Tanzania.svg Azam
2 DF Abdallah Mfuko (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 29)00 Flag of Tanzania.svg Kagera Sugar
2 DF Datius Peter (1998-11-26) 26 November 1998 (age 23)00 Flag of Tanzania.svg Kagera Sugar
2 DF Abdulmalik Zakaria (1996-03-03) 3 March 1996 (age 26)00 Flag of Tanzania.svg Namungo

3 MF Himid Mao (1992-11-15) 15 November 1992 (age 30)612 Flag of Egypt.svg Ghazl El Mahalla
3 MF Mzamiru Yassin (1996-01-03) 3 January 1996 (age 26)360 Flag of Tanzania.svg Simba
3 MF Feisal Salum (1998-01-11) 11 January 1998 (age 24)252 Flag of Tanzania.svg Young Africans
3 MF Sospeter Bajana (1996-10-14) 14 October 1996 (age 26)10 Flag of Tanzania.svg Azam
3 MF Mohamed Banka (1995-12-16) 16 December 1995 (age 26)00 Flag of Tanzania.svg Namungo
3 MF Carlos Protas (2002-09-16) 16 September 2002 (age 20)00 Flag of Kenya.svg Tusker
3 MF David Uromi (1999-12-31) 31 December 1999 (age 22)00 Flag of Tanzania.svg Moroka Swallows

4 FW Saimon Msuva (1993-10-02) 2 October 1993 (age 29)7718 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Qadsiah
4 FW Mbwana Samatta (1992-12-23) 23 December 1992 (age 29)6822 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Genk
4 FW Ibrahim Joshua (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 28)20 Flag of Kenya.svg Tusker
4 FW Said Khamis (2000-07-20) 20 July 2000 (age 22)00 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Hatta Club
4 FW Habib Kiyombo (2000-12-21) 21 December 2000 (age 21)00 Flag of Tanzania.svg Simba

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Metacha Mnata (1998-11-25) 25 November 1998 (age 23)90 Free agent vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
GK Abutwalib Mshery 00 Flag of Tanzania.svg Mtibwa Sugar vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022

DF Shomari Kapombe (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 (age 30)811 Flag of Tanzania.svg Simba vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
DF Mohamed Husseini (1996-11-01) 1 November 1996 (age 26)320 Flag of Tanzania.svg Simba vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
DF Bakari Mwamnyeto (1995-10-05) 5 October 1995 (age 27)260 Flag of Tanzania.svg Young Africans vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
DF Kennedy Juma (1994-09-27) 27 September 1994 (age 28)100 Flag of Tanzania.svg Simba vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
DF Haji Mnoga (2002-04-16) 16 April 2002 (age 20)30 Flag of England.svg Gillingham vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
DF Abdalla Kheri (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 26)20 Flag of Tanzania.svg Azam vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
DF Israel Mwenda (2000-03-10) 10 March 2000 (age 22)51 Flag of Tanzania.svg KMC v. Flag of Sudan.svg  Sudan , 29 March 2022
DF Lusajo Mwaikenda (2000-10-27) 27 October 2000 (age 22)20 Flag of Tanzania.svg Azam v. Flag of Sudan.svg  Sudan , 29 March 2022

MF Salum Abubakar (1989-02-21) 21 February 1989 (age 33)501 Flag of Tanzania.svg Young Africans vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
MF Novatus Dismas (2002-09-02) 2 September 2002 (age 20)102 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Zulte Waregem vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
MF Aziz Andabwile (2000-05-12) 12 May 2000 (age 22)20 Flag of Tanzania.svg Mbeya City vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
MF Ben Starkie (2002-07-23) 23 July 2002 (age 20)20 Flag of England.svg Basford United vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
MF Jonas Mkude (1992-12-03) 3 December 1992 (age 29)360 Flag of Tanzania.svg Simba v. Flag of Sudan.svg  Sudan , 29 March 2022
MF Zawadi Mauya (1994-11-26) 26 November 1994 (age 27)20 Flag of Tanzania.svg Young Africans v. Flag of Sudan.svg  Sudan , 29 March 2022

FW Faridi Mussa (1996-06-21) 21 June 1996 (age 26)371 Flag of Tanzania.svg Young Africans vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
FW Nickson Kibabage (2000-10-12) 12 October 2000 (age 22)140 Flag of Tanzania.svg Kinondoni Municipal Council vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
FW Denis Kibu (1998-12-04) 4 December 1998 (age 23)70 Flag of Tanzania.svg Simba vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
FW Reliants Lusajo (1990-03-07) 7 March 1990 (age 32)70 Flag of Tanzania.svg Namungo vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
FW Kelvin John (2003-06-10) 10 June 2003 (age 19)50 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Genk vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
FW Abdul Hamisi Suleiman (2001-02-26) 26 February 2001 (age 21)50 Flag of Tanzania.svg Coastal Union vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
FW George Mpole (1998-07-27) 27 July 1998 (age 24)42 Flag of Tanzania.svg Geita Gold vs. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 8 June 2022
FW Tepsi Evance (2002-12-30) 30 December 2002 (age 19)00 Flag of Tanzania.svg Azam v. Flag of Sudan.svg  Sudan , 29 March 2022

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 records

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

Competitive record

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 to Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Did not qualify302114
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 WithdrewWithdrew
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Did not qualify411276
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 202011
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Withdrew during qualifyingWithdrew during qualifying
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 1998 Did not qualify201112
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 200224
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 201103
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 622296
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 83051014
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 4112410
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 8242810
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determinedTo be determined
Total0/22411112184360

Africa Cup of Nations record

Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances: 2
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Sudan (1956-1970).svg 1957 Not affiliated to CAF
Flag of Egypt.svg 1959
Flag of Ethiopia (1897-1936; 1941-1974).svg 1962
Flag of Ghana.svg 1963
Flag of Tunisia (1959-1999).svg 1965
Flag of Ethiopia (1897-1936; 1941-1974).svg 1968 Withdrew during qualifying
Flag of Sudan (1956-1970).svg 1970 Did not qualify
Flag of Cameroon.svg 1972
Flag of Egypt (1972-1984).svg 1974
Flag of Ethiopia (1975-1987).svg 1976
Flag of Ghana.svg 1978
Flag of Nigeria.svg 1980 Group stage7th301236
Flag of Libya (1977-2011).svg 1982 Withdrew
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg 1984 Did not qualify
Flag of Egypt.svg 1986 Withdrew during qualifying
Flag of Morocco.svg 1988 Did not qualify
Flag of Algeria.svg 1990
Flag of Senegal.svg 1992
Flag of Tunisia (1959-1999).svg 1994 Withdrew during qualifying
Flag of South Africa.svg 1996 Did not qualify
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg 1998
Flag of Ghana.svg Flag of Nigeria.svg 2000
Flag of Mali.svg 2002
Flag of Tunisia.svg 2004 Withdrew during qualifying
Flag of Egypt.svg 2006 Did not qualify
Flag of Ghana.svg 2008
Flag of Angola.svg 2010
Flag of Gabon.svg Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg 2012
Flag of South Africa.svg 2013
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg 2015
Flag of Gabon.svg 2017
Flag of Egypt.svg 2019 Group stage24th300328
Flag of Cameroon.svg 2021 Did not qualify
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg 2023 To be determined
Flag of Guinea.svg 2025
TotalGroup stage2/336015514

African Nations Championship record

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 2
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGA
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg 2009 Group stage5th311122
Flag of Sudan.svg 2011 Did not qualify
Flag of South Africa.svg 2014
Flag of Rwanda.svg 2016
Flag of Morocco.svg 2018
Flag of Cameroon.svg 2020 Group stage10th311134
Flag of Algeria.svg 2022 Did not qualify
TotalGroup stage2/7622256

African Games

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games Record
YearResultGPWDLGSGA
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg 1965 -000000
Flag of Nigeria.svg 1973 -000000
Flag of Algeria.svg 1978 -000000
Flag of Kenya.svg 1987 -000000
1991–presentSee Tanzania national under-23 football team
Total4/4000000

Gossage Cup / CECAFA Cup

Honours

CECAFA Cup  :

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