TANZANIA celebrates its 61st anniversary with more to remember this year (2022); amongst is the U17 Women’s and National Amputee teams qualifying and excelling in the FIFA World Cup.
The achievement is enormous, and the fruits of the government investment to promote sports in the country in partnership with their sports associations, such as the Tanzania Football Federation.
For a long time, these successes were the dreams of Tanzanians to see their teams in such big tournaments. However, despite participating for the first time in the global tourney, the two Tanzanian teams did well as they advanced to the quarter-finals after sealing enough points in their respective groups.
In recognition of their heroic achievement, President Samia Suluhu Hassan honoured the two teams at different receptions to commend their success at the State House in Dar es Salaam.
The National Assembly also lauded the teams’ hard work and invited them to their chambers to recognise their tireless efforts.
Apart from the national team’s success, the football clubs of Tanzania; Simba, Namungo and Young Africans have extraordinary achievements in the inter-club games.
Simba lead the parade of success after sailing to the CAF Champions League quarter-finals in 2018/19 and 2020/21 while reaching in CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals in 2021/22. However, the tremendous success was in 1974 when Simba secured a semi-final spot in the African Cup of Champions Clubs.
Namungo astonished most football fans in the 2019/20 season as they completed the preliminary rounds of CAF Confederations and sailed to Group D, making its way in the country’s books as the few teams that sailed to the group stage of the inter-club competition.
The most astonishing part of Namungo’s story is how they fought to excel in the groups despite being the ones qualifying for the competitions for the first time.