Thomas Ulimwengu

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Thomas Ulimwengu
Personal information
Full nameThomas Emmanuel Ulimwengu
Date of birth (1993-06-14) 14 June 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Tanga, Tanzania
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
JS Saoura
Number 23
Youth career
2008– Tanzania Soccer Academy
2009–2010Moro United (loan)
2010–2011 Athletic FC
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2011–2016 TP Mazembe 122 (33)
2017 AFC Eskilstuna 1 (0)
2017–2018 FK Sloboda Tuzla - (-)
2018 Al-Hilal Club - (-)
2019– JS Saoura 1 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Tanzania U17 5 (3)
2009–2013 Tanzania U20 11 (13)
2009–2016 Tanzania U23 5 (6)
2009– Tanzania 44 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 27 January 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:49, 16 June 2013 (UTC)

Thomas Emanuel Ulimwengu (born 14 June 1993) is a Tanzanian football striker who is currently playing as a striker for JS Saoura in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 and the Tanzania national football team. [1]

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

JS Saoura association football club

Jeunesse Sportive de la Saoura, known simply as JS Saoura or JSS for short, is an Algerian football club based in the town of Méridja in the Béchar Province. They take their name from the Saoura valley of southwestern Algeria. The club was founded in 2008 and its colours are green and yellow. Their home stadium, Stade 20 Août 1955, has a capacity of 20,000 spectators. The club is currently playing in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1.

Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 top division of the Algerian football league system

The Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 ; known as Championnat National de Première Division or Ligue 1 for short, and formerly known as the Championnat National 1, is the Algerian professional league for association football clubs. It is the country's primary football competition and serves as the top division of the Algerian football league system. Ligue 1 is one of two divisions making up the Ligue de Football Professionnel, the other being Ligue Professionnelle 2. The league is contested by 16 clubs, and it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Ligue 2. In 2009 it was known as Championnat d'Algérie D1 Nedjma and from 2010 to 2014, it was known as Ligue Professionnelle 1 Nedjma as it is sponsored by Kuwaiti telecommunications company Nedjma. From 2014, the league is officially known as Ligue Professionnelle 1 Mobilis as it is sponsored by Algerian telecommunications company Mobilis.

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Achievements

With: Al-Hilal Club
Champion: (1) 2018

Career

Youth career

Ulimwengu grew up in Dodoma, the Tanzanian capital, where he played for local club team Area C. At the age of 14 he was selected for the Dodoma Region U-17 team. Soon after, he was selected through a nationwide talent search to join the first class of the Tanzania Soccer Academy, a joint project between the Tanzania Football Federation and British investors.

Dodoma Capital of Tanzania

Dodoma, officially Dodoma City, is the national capital of Tanzania and the capital of Dodoma Region, with a population of 410,956.

Tanzania Football Federation Football association

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), previously Football Association of Tanzania, is the governing body of football in Tanzania. It oversees operations of the Tanznian football league system and the Tanzania national football team. It was founded in 1945 and has been affiliated with FIFA since 1964. Wallace Karia is the new President of the Tanzania Football Federation.

Ulimwengu impressed at the soccer academy and was soon called up to the Tanzania U-17 national team. He was joint top scorer in the 2009 CECAFA U-17 Championship, in which Tanzania finished 2nd. After his good performance in the competition, he was regularly called up by coach Marcio Maximo to practice with the senior national team, the Taifa Stars.

2009 CECAFA U-17 Championship

The 2009 CECAFA U-17 Championship was the 2nd edition of the CECAFA U-17 Championship organized bt CECAFA (Council of East and Central Africa Football Association. The second edition of the CEFAFA U-17 Championship, all games were originally to be played in Nairobi, Kenya but have since been moved to Sudan. due to financial reasons, the Sudanese FA and El Merreikh Investment Group have agreed to sponsor the tournament.

Senior club career

In the 2009/2010 Tanzania Premier League season Ulimwengu played on-loan for Moro United. The following summer, he represented Tanzania in the 2010 Copa Coca-Cola African Championship in South Africa, [2] where he scored nine goals in five matches. [3]

In July 2010 Thomas joined Swedish development outfit Athletic Football Club, with whom he competed in the Gothia Cup and Stockholm Cup. [4] He trained with the club for one year while waiting for eligibility to sign for a senior team.

After Ulimwengu's 18th birthday in the summer of 2011, there was much speculation as to where he would sign for the 2011–12 football season, and the striker was linked to a number of clubs including TP Mazembe in the DR Congo Premier League, AS Monaco in Ligue 1 and Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga.

TP Mazembe association football club

Tout Puissant Mazembe, formerly known as Englebert, is a Congolese football club based in Lubumbashi. Their home games are played at Stade TP Mazembe situated in the suburb of Kamalondo. Its nickname is Les corbeaux despite having a crocodile with a ball in its mouth on the team crest. TP Mazembe drew an average home attendance of 11,888 in the 2015–16 Linafoot season. CS Don Bosco serves as a feeder club to the team. Mazembe are among the major sports clubs in DR Congo and one of the most successful football teams in Africa ever. They gained great notoriety when they defeated the Internacional of Brazil in the semifinal of the FIFA Club World Cup. They became the first Congolese club with 300,000 followers on Facebook, their main social media page. They are most successful team in DRC with 36 national and international titles won.

Ligue 1 French professional league for association football clubs

Ligue 1, also called Ligue 1 Conforama for sponsorship reasons with Conforama, is a French professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the French football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Administrated by the Ligue de Football Professionnel, Ligue 1 is contested by 20 clubs and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Ligue 2.

Hamburger SV sports club in Hamburg, Germany

Hamburger Sport-Verein e.V.[hamˈbʊʁɡɐ ˌʃpɔʁt fɛɐ̯ˈʔaɪ̯n], commonly known as Hamburger SV, Hamburg or HSV[haː ʔɛs ˈfaʊ̯], is a German sport club based in Hamburg, its largest branch being its football department. Although the current HSV was founded in June 1919 from a merger of three earlier clubs, it officially traces its origin to 29 September 1887 when the first of the predecessors, SC Germania, was founded. HSV's football team had the distinction of being the only team that had played continuously in the top tier of the German football league system since the founding of the club at the end of World War I. It was the only team that played in every season of the Bundesliga since its foundation in 1963, until 2018 when the team were relegated for the first time in history.

On 31 August 2011 Ulimwengu joined 4-time African Champions League winners TP Mazembe Englebert of DR Congo. He scored one goal in his TP Mazembe debut, a 2–1 victory over Congolese side Don Bosco. [5]

International career

Having represented Tanzania many times at the U-17 and U-20 levels, Ulimwengu made his senior debut for Tanzania as a substitute in the opening match of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup against Zambia. [6] He made his first start for the national team in the following match against Burundi, but sustained an injury in that match and had to sit out the rest of the tournament. Tanzania went on to win the competition, and were 2011 CECAFA Champions.

In the spring of 2011, Ulimwengu returned from Sweden to join up with the Tanzanian Olympics team in their 2012 Olympic qualifiers. He scored crucial goals in both their 2–1 loss away against Cameroon, and their 2–1 victory against Cameroon in the return leg. Tanzania knocked Cameroon out on penalties and were drawn against Nigeria for their next qualifying match. [7] In June 2011 Ulimwengu played in the Olympic qualifier against 2008 Olympic silver medalists Nigeria. He scored in the 85th minute of the match to lead Tanzania to a 1–0 victory. But Tanzania lost to Nigeria in the return leg on 18 June 2011, and were knocked out of Olympic Qualifiers. [8]

Since 2011, Ulimwengu has been a key member of the Tanzanian National Team, playing in all important matches and tournaments.

Ulimwengu played a crucial role in Tanzania's promising but ultimately unsuccessful 2014 World Cup Qualification campaign. He scored critical goals against both Morocco and Ivory Coast. He went on to win the "Goal of the Year" award for his goal against Ivory Coast in the Tanzanian Football Awards.

Style of play

Thomas has been described as a quick, balanced, highly skilful and powerful striker. He possesses excellent ball control, and positioning, he is capable of beating defenders in one on one situations as well as creating space for teammates. He possesses a great shot from any distance, superb vision and fantastic passing and dribbling ability. Notably creating assists for a fellow player Mbwana Samatta. He threatened the defence of Morocco national team creating assists for a fellow striker Mbwana Samatta and successful beating Morocco 3–1 in 2014 world cup qualification campaigns in Dar es salaam Tanzania.

Personal life

He is currently residing in Sweden

International goals

Scores and results list Tanzania's goal tally first.
NoDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.29 November 2011 National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaFlag of Djibouti.svg  Djibouti 1–03–0 2011 CECAFA Cup
2.24 March 2013National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaFlag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 1–03–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3.16 June 2013National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaFlag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 2–22–42014 FIFA World Cup qualification
4.1 June 2014 National Sports Stadium, Harare, ZimbabweFlag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 2–12–2 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
5.12 October 2014National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaFlag of Benin.svg  Benin 3–04–1 Friendly
6.16 November 2014 Somhlolo National Stadium, Lobamba, SwazilandFlag of Eswatini.svg  Swaziland 1–11–1Friendly
7.7 October 2015National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaFlag of Malawi.svg  Malawi 2–02–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

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