DAR ES SALAAM: THE Government has appealed to stakeholders to extend a hand to the National Footbal Team ‘ Taifa Stars’.
A little over a month from now, Taifa Stars will begin their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals matches to be staged in Ivory Coast.
The government has thus asked football stakeholders to assist the team in achieving its desired national dream of attaining success in the prestigious continental competition.
Damas Ndumbaro, the Minister for Culture, Arts and Sports issued the request as he addressed journalists at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
The main theme was about the national team’s training camp in Unguja, Zanzibar, at the refurbished New Amaan Sports Complex.
“The team is camping in Zanzibar and will travel to Egypt for last preparations before heading to Ivory Coast for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.
“It has been a three-day fruitful camp in Zanzibar, thanks to the Zanzibar Government’s reception and hospitality during the team’s stay,” he said.
The national team began camping after last Wednesday’s encounter, when Kilimanjaro Stars played against Zanzibar Heroes during the inauguration of the New Amaan Sports Complex. The match ended goalless.
After the encounter, the national team began their three-day camp the next day, with blessings from Zanzibar President Hussein Ali Mwinyi.
Asserting that the national team’s success belongs to the entire nation, Minister Ndumbaro released a stern rebuke to football fans who take to social media to criticise the team’s performance.
To acknowledge the national team’s outstanding performance, Minister Ndumbaro said the Government would hold a fundraiser to acknowledge their endless efforts towards achieving the goal of qualifying for the African Cup of Nations finals.
The fundraiser event will be held on January 30, in partnership with the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF).
Accompanied by his Minister, the Deputy Minister for Sports, Hamisi Mwinjuma, stated that the government is committed to ensuring the progress of sports in the country.
He cited President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s unwavering support for the national team, including rewarding each goal they score with 5m/-.
He said, “We thank President Samia Suluhu Hassan for being at the forefront of ensuring that sports are progressing well in the country.”
Taifa Stars are placed in Group F together with Morocco, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).