Tanzania women's national football team

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Nickname(s) Twiga Stars
Association Tanzania Football Federation
Head coach Rogasian Kaijage[1]
Captain Sophia Mwasikili
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 125 Decrease 1 (26 August 2016)
Highest 92 (December 2009)
Lowest 144 (December 2007)
African Women's Championship
Appearances 1 (First in 2010)
Best result Group Stage (2010)

The Tanzania national women's football team, is the national team of Tanzania and is controlled by the Tanzania Football Federation. They are nicknamed the Twiga Stars.

The Twiga Stars qualified for their first CAF Women's Championship finals on 5 June 2010, after defeating Eritrea 11–4 on aggregate.[2]

Fixtures and results, 2010[edit]

The Twiga Stars defeated Ethiopia in the preliminary round of the 2010 African Women's Football Championship on aggregate 4–2. The first leg was played in Addis Ababa on 8 March. Tanzania won the match 3–1, with goals by Ester Chabruma, Mwanahamis Omary, and Asha Rashid.[3] The return leg played at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on 29 March ended in a 1–1 draw.[4]

In the first round of the African Championship, Tanzania defeated Eritrea on aggregate 11–4. The Twiga Stars won 8–1 in Dar es Salaam on 23 May and drew 3–3 in Asmara on 5 June.

After the Twiga Stars' success in qualifying for the African Championship finals in South Africa, a Tanzanian businesswoman, Rahma Al-Kharoosi, sponsored them to train in the United States for two weeks in August 2010.[5] Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete donated 53 million Tanzanian shillings (approximately US$30,000) on 9 June to cover training camp expenses and allowances before the championship tournament.[6]

Tanzania lost all three games in Group A of the African Championship, to host South Africa 2–1 on 31 October,[7] Mali 3–2 on 4 November,[8] and Nigeria 3–0 on 7 November.

They are the subject of 2010 documentary film Twiga Stars: Tanzania's Soccer Sisters by Nisha Ligon.[9]

Fixtures and results, 2011[edit]

Tanzania qualified for the 2011 All-Africa Games in Maputo when its opponents in the qualifying rounds, Kenya, Uganda, and Sudan, declined to play.[10] The Twiga Stars finished in third place in the four-team Group B at the games. They lost to Ghana 2–1 on 5 September, drew with South Africa 2–2 on 8 September, and drew with Zimbabwe 2–2 on 11 September.

Fixtures and results, 2012[edit]

In the preliminary round of the 2012 African Women's Championship, Tanzania defeated Namibia 2–0 in Windhoek on 14 January[11] and 5–2 in Dar es Salaam on 29 January.[12] In the first round, Tanzania lost to Ethiopia 2–1 in Addis Ababa on 27 May[13] and 1–0 in Dar es Salaam on 16 June.[14] Tanzania thus failed to qualify for the finals of the African Championship in Equatorial Guinea. The head coach, Charles Boniface Mkwasa, resigned two days after the last match with Ethiopia,[15] and the following day, Nasra Mohammed, the assistant coach, blamed inadequate financial support from the Tanzania Football Federation for the failure to advance.[16]

On 21 June, Mkwasa admitted that he had dismissed several players from the team after discovering that they had engaged in homosexual acts.

It is true that some of the players engaged themselves in homosexuality, but we removed them from the team as soon as we learnt of their behaviour. We took the decision regardless of the player's ability and contribution in the team. There is this problem that these players want to behave like their male counterparts, because they play football, they want to look like men players. But I have always been very tough on this. I have been talking to them, trying to counsel them on how they should behave and I think there is tremendous change on that area and of course their discipline is generally good.[17]

At a subsequent news conference, Mkwasa claimed he had been misquoted. Lina Mhando, the chairperson of Tanzania Women Football, called it a "non-existing scandal" and said there is no concrete proof of the allegations. The team manager, Furaha Francis, said that regardless of whether the scandal exists, it has been blown out of proportion and that there is no proof to substantiate the allegations.[18]

Fixtures and results, 2014[edit]

Zambia defeated Tanzania in the first round of qualifying for the 2014 African Women's Football Championship on aggregate 3–2.[19]

Fixtures and results, 2015[edit]

Tanzania has qualified for the 2015 All-Africa Games in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo by defeating Zambia in the second round of qualifying on aggregate 6–5.[20]


  • Head Coach: Rogasian Kaijage
  • Assistant Coach: Mohammed Adolf Rishard
  • Manager: Furaha Francis

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Sweden 1995 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 1999 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 2003 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
China 2007 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2011 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Canada 2015 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Total 0/7 - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kaijage appointed Twiga Stars coach", 24 Tanzania, 9 March 2013
  2. ^ "News: Algeria, Cameroon qualify for AWC". CAF Online. 2010-06-07. 
  3. ^ Nelly Mtema (7 March 2010). "Twiga Stars Shine in Ethiopia". Tanzania Daily News. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  4. ^ FIFA.com (23 March 2010). "Africa's Road to Germany Begins". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  5. ^ Evance Ng'ingo (6 June 2010). "Twiga Stars US trip now a reality". Daily News. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  6. ^ Majuto Omary. "Twiga Stars get Sh53m support". Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  7. ^ "Brilliant Twiga Stars lose to South Africa", Daily News, 31 October 2010
  8. ^ "End of the road for Twiga", Daily News, 4 November 2010
  9. ^ Nisha Ligon. "Twiga Stars: Tanzania's Soccer Sisters". Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  10. ^ "Tanzania: Twiga Stars Secure All Africa Games Ticket", Daily News, 15 April 2011
  11. ^ "Nchimbi lauds Twiga after Namibia victory", The Citizen, 16 January 2012
  12. ^ "Twiga Stars overwhelm Namibia", The Guardian, 30 January 2012
  13. ^ "Lucy defeats Twiga Stars 2-1", EthioSports, reported by Mamo Gebrehiwot, 27 May 2012
  14. ^ "End of the road for Twiga Stars", EthioSports, reported by Markos Berhanu, 16 June 2012
  15. ^ "Mkwasa resigns after AWC exit", The Citizen, reported by Majuto Omary, 19 June 2012
  16. ^ "Twiga Stars coach faults TFF", The Citizen, reported by Majuto Omary, 20 June 2012
  17. ^ "Twiga Stars hit by scandal", Daily News, 21 June 2012
  18. ^ "Scandal rocks Twiga officials", The Guardian, 3 July 2012
  19. ^ "She-polopolo, Twiga Stars eye Congo Brazzaville", Zambia Daily Mail, 22 March 2015, accessed 27 June 2015
  20. ^ "Tanzania: Shepolopolo Manager Hails Twiga Stars", Daily News, reprinted at allAfrica.com, 12 April 2015, accessed 28 June 2015

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