Tanzania Tanzania’s Taifa Stars climb five places in FIFA rankings

Tanzania national men’s football team, Taifa Stars, has climbed up five positions from 119 to 114 in the latest rankings released by the world’s soccer governing body, FIFA.

Taifa Stars improved by fifteen points from their previous ranking, and they now have a total of 1174 points on the table. This positive movement follows their impressive away victory over Zambia in the recent 2026 FIFA World Cup African qualifiers.

Tanzania defeated Zambia 1-0 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, in the fourth round of African qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup early this month.

A fifth-minute strike from debutant striker Waziri Junior set the team on their way to a much-needed away victory. Zambia tried valiantly to find an equaliser but were denied by stout Taifa Stars defence marshalled by Ibrahim Bacca and Bakari Mwamnyeto.

The victory saw Tanzania go second on six points, three behind leaders Morocco who thrashed Congo Brazzaville 6-0 to maintain their perfect record. It was Taifa Stars’ second away victory of the campaign, after the earlier win over Niger.

  • The Guardian.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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