Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli has commended the Tanzania’s national football team, the Taifa Stars for a ‘tremendous job’ in promoting the country’s image.
Magufuli was addressing the final session of the Parliamentary meeting in Dodoma.
He also praised the whole sports, culture and entertainment sector.
“I would like to commend all Bongo Flava artistes, actors and athletes for the development,” President Magufuli said as quoted by Citizen.
“Taifa Stars players did the best to qualify for the AFCON finals. I commend the players. But also there were other athletes who shone in the past five years in boxing and athletics, I commend them all.
The Taifa Stars beat neighbours Uganda Cranes 3-0 in Dar es Salaam last year to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time since 1980.
Coming into the game, Uganda had already booked the AFCON ticket, and a goalless draw between Lesotho and Cape Verde ensured that Taifa Stars joined the Cranes from group L.
The Cranes had gone to Tanzania having not conceded a goal throughout the qualifiers.
In AFCON, Tanzania failed to win a game, losing all group games against Algeria, Senegal and Kenya.