Tanzanian football is much better than its reputation would suggest. Formed in 1930, the Football Association of Tanzania
initially had an enviable reputation on the African continent, with today's African footballing powers only establishing themselves much later thanks to economic developments. Consequently, financial problems are the main reason for the lack of footballing progress in this East African country. The Tanzanian national team is funded by income from ticket sales for regional league matches, while the association receives little state or private support. However, the first shoots of recovery were recently spotted, with Tanzania
holding Kenya, a team placed higher in the ranking, to a 0-0 draw in the FIFA World Cup? preliminary round. Together with the new infrastructure financed by Goal, this result helped breathe new hope into the country.