TWIGA Stars Coach, Bakari Shime, has congratulated his players following their qualification for WAFCON 2024 in Morocco.
Twiga Stars lost their return leg against Togo 2-0, but it was their initial 3-0 victory in Dar es Salaam that propelled them forward.
Shime said that despite conceding two goals against Togo at Kegue Stadium in Lome, the National Women’s Soccer Team sealed their spot in the upcoming African Women’s Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco next year.
“We managed to prevent numerous dangerous attacks aimed at us. The opponents displayed immense strength and determination, resulting in two goals on their home turf. Yet, our team showcased superiority, launching potent attacks towards their goal.
“I commend my players for their unwavering commitment throughout the match, which ultimately secured our qualification for AFCON,” he said.
One of Twiga Stars’ charges, Fatuma Issa, said the road to this moment hasn’t been easy, but every challenge has only fueled their determination.
“We’ve trained relentlessly, pushed our limits, and embraced the spirit of teamwork. As a team we are happy for being part of this journey that has turned out to be an incredible experience.
“It’s a dream come true to contribute to our team’s success. The support from our fans and the unwavering belief in us has been our driving force. Looking ahead, we understand the responsibility that comes with representing our nation in the finals. We’ll continue to work hard, refine our strategies, and give our best on the field. Our goal is to make our country proud and leave a lasting impact in the tournament,” she said.
Twiga Stars sealed their WAFCON qualification with 3-2 aggregate, after clinching a significant 3-0 win at Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam.
The historic accomplishment marks their second qualification after their initial entry in 2010, a remarkable feat after a 13-year absence from WAFCON.
Tanzania stands as the sole representative from the East and Central African region in the tournament.
Since its inception in 1998, the tournament occurs biennially, with 12 nations qualifying for WAFCON. Additionally, one edition every four years is dedicated to determining qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, adding to the significance and excitement of this esteemed.