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Ministry takes pride in President Samia’s sports promotion drive   

She listed her ministry’s achievements during an interview with an Iringa-based radio station.

Pindi revealed that success was achieved in women’s soccer, amputee football, athletics, National Inter-Primary Schools Games (Umitashumta), and National Inter-Secondary Schools Games (Umisseta).

She stated that since President Samia took the office, the sports sector has achieved tremendous success, with the national U-17 women’s soccer side, Serengeti Girls, and national amputee football team ‘Tembo Warriors’ posting good results in international competitions.

Serengeti Girls secured progression to the 2022 U-17 Women’s World Cup that was played in India from October 11-30 and, against all odds, went on to book a place in the global showdown’s last eight’s round.

Tembo Warriors also secured qualification for the 2022 Amputee Football World Cup that took place in İstanbul, Turkey from September 30–October 9. 

Pindi further explained that Tanzania’s athletes, Alphonse Simbu and Gabriel Geay, had an impressive outing in the 2022 Commonwealth Games which took place in Birmingham, England‎.

The was, further, a successful revival of the Umisseta and Umitashumta games.

The minister stated: “We have also witnessed how President Samia offered a reward for every goal notched by Simba SC and Yanga in this season’s CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup, handing over 5m/- for every goal.”

“President Samia also presented a cash prize to the senior national football team, Taifa Stars, when the team cruised to a win over Uganda in the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifiers’ duel at Suez Canal Stadium in Ismailia, Egypt,” she pointed out.

The minister moreover explained there have been achievements in culture and arts, which include the introduction of World Kiswahili Day, and the introduction of the first national culture concert.

She noted there was, as well as, the establishment of a culture and arts fund to enable domestic arts and culture fraternity members to get loans.

Pindi also thanked President Samia, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, and Ministry of Culture, Arts, and Sports stakeholders for purchasing tickets for soccer fans to watch the 2023 AFCON Qualifiers’ tie between Taifa Stars and Uganda which took place at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam on March 28.

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