DAR ES SALAAM: NATIONAL women’s under-20 football team (Tanzanite) hammered Djibouti by 5-0 in the Women’s Under-20 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam, on Sunday.
It was a good day for the country’s brave ladies who enjoyed the lion’s share of the match with a lot enthusiasm.
Jamila Rajabu who claimed a brace was the first to open the goal gates for Tanzanite, thanks to her blistering long-range strike in the first minute of the game.
In the second half, Jamila poached another goal as Noela Luhala, Winifrida Gerald and Yasinta Joseph goals were enough for the hosts to cherish victory ahead of the second leg.
The two sides meet again on Wednesday at the same venue for the reverse encounter, where the overall winner will progress to the third round to play Nigeria.
Tanzanites are searching for the opportunity to reach the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup finals set to be played in Colombia next year.
The finals are slated to commence from August 31st to September 22nd when the new world cup champions will be crowned.
Currently, Spain is the defending champion who clinched it last year in Costa Rica and will be curious to defend it for the second time in a row.
However, Tanzania already has an appealing record at the Women’s World Cup stage after deploying Serengeti Girls in the 2022 Under-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals held in India.
The country’s envoys reached the quarterfinals and were too close to step into the semi-finals but they suffered a 3-0 loss from Colombia.
They managed to beat France 2-1 before locking horns with Canada (1-1) to claim four points and then went down 4-0 to Japan and 3-0 to Colombia.
As such, this should be used as an encouragement by their senior sisters to make another breakthrough by qualifying for the Under-20 Women’s World Cup contest.