Twiga Stars will then play host to Namibian ladies after two weeks for the second leg tie, but the cash strapped team is already facing it rough and this could see the ladies failing to make it to the finals set for November, this year.
With just five days remaining for the team to depart for Windhoek in time for their first leg clash, Twiga has failed to enter a full camp and has not secured a single friendly match to keep players in shape for the crucial match.
The team is currently in an off training camp at the Karume sports complex under coach Charles Boniface Mkwasa.
Recently, the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) urged stakeholders to assist the team, which need at least 50m/- to foot travel cost for the players, technical bench as well as camping and allowances before their first outing against Namibia.
The federation is seeking for the stakeholders' support taking into account that Twiga Stars does not have a sponsor as is the case with Taifa Stars.
It is arguably true that the local ladies will need to recall their heroic performance that saw Tanzania qualifying for the African Nations Women Championship finals for the first time in the country's history in 2010, but such a task could be difficult this time around.
Indeed, much more tough days are coming for the local ladies to prove themselves and continue winning honours for the country and this calls for nothing but maximum support from the public.
In 2010 Twiga Stars made history. The local ladies were in fabulous form throughout their qualifying campaign, scoring 15 goals in four matches, while conceding just six goals. They thrashed Ethiopia 3-1 away in Addis Ababa, before posting a 1-1 draw in Dar es Salaam. The next opponent was Eritrea, who succumbed to 8-1 thrashing in Dar es Salaam but forced a 3-3 draw in Asmara.
Such results underlined that Twiga Stars qualification did not come as a fluke. It came out of determination and desire to achieve the best for the country. Their victory was a clear testimony that Tanzania has got what it takes to win top honours when they mean it but mostly when they get support.
This reminds us that the task ahead is to prepare this team for the coming qualifiers and this requires massive support from all Tanzanians, public and private companies. The government should also provide maximum support to the team as they did during the previous qualifying campaigns.
We hope it is not too late for the public to come in to give their support.