An up-and-coming side stuck firmly in the middle of the pack, the Tanzanians have been the victim of the increasing density of quality African national teams. So in qualifying for Brazil 2014, they beat Morocco but could not challenge Côte d’Ivoire. Four years before, it was giants Cameroon who had their better.
Under Dutch coach Mart Nooij, the Taifa Stars play a mixture of Tanzanian and European styles of play. Not having many players who play their club football outside the country, Tanzania look to overcome their lack of experience with enthusiasm and disciplined play. Nooij, who doubles up as the country's U-23 coach, has introduced a number of players from the Olympic side into his senior team.
5 – The number of victories in FIFA World Cup™ qualifying they've had in 2010 and 2014 preliminaries, after having gone through three previous campaigns without a win.
The former stars