Tanzania national football team

The Tanzania national football team (Swahili: Timu ya Taifa ya Mpira wa Miguu ya Tanzania) represents Tanzania in international football and is controlled by the Tanzania Football Federation, the governing body for football in Tanzania. Tanzania's home ground is Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam and their interim head coach is Etienne Ndayiragije from Burundi. Tanzania has never qualified for the World Cup. Before uniting with Zanzibar, the team played as the Tanganyika national football team.

Tanzania
Nickname(s)Taifa Stars
AssociationTanzania Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCECAFA (East & Central Africa)
Head coachEtienne Ndayiragije
CaptainMbwana Samatta
Most capsMrisho Ngasa (100)
Top scorerMrisho Ngasa (25)
Home stadiumNational Stadium
FIFA codeTAN
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 134 1 (28 November 2019)[1]
Highest65 (February 1995)
Lowest175 (October–November 2005)
Elo ranking
Current 128 1 (25 November 2019)[2]
Highest75 (11 November 1979)
Lowest168 (19 December 2004)
First international
 Uganda 7–0 Tanganyika
(Uganda; 1945)
Biggest win
 Tanzania 7–0 Somalia 
(Jinja, Uganda; December 1, 1995)
 Tanzania 7–0 Somalia 
(Kampala, Uganda; December 1, 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Tanganyika 0–9 Kenya 
(Tanganyika; 1956)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances2 (first in 1980)
Best resultGroup stage (1980 and 2019)

The island of Zanzibar, part of Tanzania (and once an independent nation), is also an associate member of CAF and has played matches with other nations, but is not eligible to enter the World Cup or Africa Cup of Nations. See Zanzibar national football team.

History

Since qualifying for the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations, Tanzania endured nearly 40 years without major success, struggling in both African and World Cup qualifiers. Their best effort was in 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification, where the Taifa Stars defeated Burkina Faso twice and only finished three points behind group winners Senegal. In 2010 Tanzania won the CECAFA Cup for the third time.

A recent achievement was a 1–0 win against South Africa in the 2017 COSAFA Cup Quarter-finals. But afterwards, Tanzania lost the Semi-finals 2–4 to Zambia. Then, in the Third-place playoff, Tanzania managed to win the match against Lesotho 4–2 in a penalty shootout after the extra time ended in a goalless draw. This Third place was considered Tanzania's biggest football achievement in many years.

On 24 March 2019, Tanzania beat East African rivals Uganda 3–0 to reach the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 39 years. At the Finals the Taifa Stars lost all three Group C matches. A few months later, Tanzania qualified for the African Nations Championship for only the second time, as well as defeating Burundi in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Honours

CECAFA Cup :

Competitive record

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1970 Did not enter Did not enter
1974 Did not qualify 3 0 2 1 1 4
1978 Withdrew Withdrew
1982 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 7 6
1986 2 0 2 0 1 1
1990 Did not enter Did not enter
1994 Withdrew during qualifying Withdrew during qualifying
1998 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
2002 2 0 0 2 2 4
2006 2 0 1 1 0 3
2010 6 2 2 2 9 6
2014 8 3 0 5 10 14
2018 4 1 1 2 4 10
2022 To be determined To be determined
2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 33 7 10 16 35 50

Africa Cup of Nations record

Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances: 2
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1957Not affiliated to CAF
1959
1962
1963
1965
1968Withdrew during qualifying
1970Did not qualify
1972
1974
1976
1978
1980Group stage7th301236
1982Withdrew
1984Did not qualify
1986Withdrew during qualifying
1988Did not qualify
1990
1992
1994Withdrew during qualifying
1996Did not qualify
1998
2000
2002
2004Withdrew during qualifying
2006Did not qualify
2008
2010
2012
2013
2015
2017
2019Group stage24th300328
2021To be determined
2023
2025
TotalGroup stage2/326015514

African Nations Championship record

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 1
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
2009Group stage5th311122
2011Did not qualify
2014
2016
2018
2020To be determined
2022
Total Group stage 2/6 3 1 1 1 2 2

African Games

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games Record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
1965-000000
1973-000000
1978-000000
1987-000000
1991–present See Tanzania national under-23 football team
Total4/4000000

Gossage Cup / CECAFA Cup

Recent results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018

2019

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players were selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier matches against Burundi.[3]

Caps and goals updated as of 4 September 2019 after the game against Burundi.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Juma Kaseja (1985-04-20) 20 April 1985 62 0 KMC
13 1GK Metacha Mnata (1998-11-25) 25 November 1998 0 0 Mbao
18 1GK Beno Kakolanya 0 0 Simba

2 2DF Gadiel Kamagi (1996-09-12) 12 September 1996 24 0 Simba
3 2DF Haruna Shamte (1988-12-27) 27 December 1988 3 0 Lipuli
4 2DF Erasto Nyoni (1988-05-07) 7 May 1988 88 5 Simba
5 2DF Kelvin Yondan (1984-10-09) 9 October 1984 82 0 Young African
6 2DF Iddy Moby 0 0 Polisi Tanzania
15 2DF Mohamed Husseini (1995-01-11) 11 January 1995 12 0 Simba
22 2DF Hassan Kessy (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 8 0 Nkana
23 2DF Iddy Nado (1995-11-03) 3 November 1995 1 0 Azam

7 3MF Himid Mao Mkami (1992-11-15) 15 November 1992 51 2 ENPPI
8 3MF Salum Abubakar (1989-02-21) 21 February 1989 36 0 Azam
14 3MF Mohamed Issa 0 0 Young Africans
16 3MF Frank Domayo (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 39 0 Azam
17 3MF Faridi Mussa (1995-06-21) 21 June 1995 21 0 Tenerife B
19 3MF Eleuter Mpepo 0 0 Buildcon
20 3MF Jonas Mkude (1991-12-03) 3 December 1991 20 0 Simba
21 3MF Ally Hamis Ng'anzi (2000-09-03) 3 September 2000 0 0 Forward Madison

9 4FW Abdillahie Yussuf (1992-10-03) 3 October 1992 0 0 Blackpool
10 4FW Mbwana Samatta (1992-01-07) 7 January 1992 50 17 Genk
11 4FW Hassan Dilunga (1993-10-19) 19 October 1993 8 0 Simba
12 4FW Simon Msuva (1993-10-02) 2 October 1993 55 11 Difaâ El Jadidi

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for Tanzania in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Aishi Manula (1995-09-13) 13 September 1995 30 0 Simba 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
GK Aron Kalambo (1995-01-07) 7 January 1995 0 0 Tanzania Prisons 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
GK Suleiman Salula 0 0 Malindi 2019 AFCON PRE

DF David Mwantika (1988-12-21) 21 December 1988 4 0 Azam 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Ally Mtoni (1993-03-13) 13 March 1993 2 0 Lipuli 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Vicent Philipo (1996-08-06) 6 August 1996 0 0 Mbao 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Aggrey Morris (1984-03-12) 12 March 1984 49 3 Azam 2019 AFCON PRE}}
DF Shomari Kapombe (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 68 1 Simba 2019 AFCON PRE
DF Abdi Banda (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 19 0 Baroka 2019 AFCON PRE
DF Kennedy Wilson (1994-09-27) 27 September 1994 4 0 Singida United 2019 AFCON PRE

MF Mudathir Yahya (1995-05-06) 6 May 1995 15 0 Azam 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Yahya Zayd (1998-09-29) 29 September 1998 5 0 Ismaily 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Feisal Salum (1998-01-11) 11 January 1998 4 0 Young Africans 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Shiza Kichuya (1996-08-05) 5 August 1996 23 4 ENPPI 2019 AFCON PRE
MF Ayubu Lyanga (1998-03-23) 23 March 1998 0 0 Coastal Union 2019 AFCON PRE
MF Boniface Claryo 0 0 U-20 2019 AFCON PRE
MF Fred Tangalu 0 0 Lipuli 2019 AFCON PRE
MF Miraji Athumani 0 0 Lipuli 2019 AFCON PRE

FW John Bocco (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 70 16 Simba 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Thomas Ulimwengu (1993-06-14) 14 June 1993 46 7 JS Saoura 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Rashid Mandawa (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 6 0 BDF XI 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Shabani Chilunda (1998-07-20) 20 July 1998 2 0 Tenerife 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Kelvin Pius John (2003-06-10) 10 June 2003 0 0 U-17 2019 AFCON PRE
FW Ibrahim Ajib (1996-09-12) 12 September 1996 0 0 Young Africans 2019 AFCON PRE
FW Kassim Hamis (1995-10-23) 23 October 1995 0 0 Kagera Sugar 2019 AFCON PRE

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

Coaches

References

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  2. Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  3. Iranzi, Fabrice (3 September 2019). "2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Tanzania Taifa Stars took a flight to Burundi". RegionWeek.
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