Tanzania’s president rewards players for historical AFCON qualification

The players will each receive $5,000 and a piece of land in the capital city Dodoma
Tanzania’s President-elect John Magufuli waves as he leaves after the official election announcement ceremony in Dar es Salaam October 30, 2015. Ruling party candidate John Magufuli won Tanzania’s hotly contested presidential elections with over 58 percent of votes, cementing the long-running Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party’s firm grip on power, officials announced on October 29. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL HAYDUK (Photo by Daniel Hayduk / AFP)

Tanzanian president John Magufuli has gifted the national team players with parcels of land as a token for qualifying to the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

On Sunday Tanzania thumped east African rivals Uganda 3-0 to reach the finals for the first time in 39 years.

“I am very happy for the honour you’ve brought to our nation,” President Magufuli told the Taifa Stars players and members of the technical bench at State House in Dar es Salaam.

“For the good work you have done to bring honour to Tanzania by qualifying for AFCON finals in Egypt, each player will get a parcel of land in Dodoma” said president Magufuli.

“I believe our players can put up a better show in Cairo, and go one place better by winning the title.”

Coached by former Nigerian international Emmanuel Amunike, Tanzania ended the qualifying process with eight points in second place behind Uganda, who topped the Group L standings with 13 points.

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Taifa stars bounced back into contention for a place in the finals after two losses to Cape Verde and Lesotho in qualifying. 

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