COSAFA Women U-17: Tanzania coach Shime hails federation after Cosafa win

Tanzania U17 head coach Bakary Shime has applauded the immense contribution of the Tanzanian Football Federation towards the sustainable development of the women’s game in the country.

Accounting for Tanzania’s women U-17 victory against Zambia in the COSAFA final on Saturday, the gaffer was quick to credit his bosses for the correct direction taken for the game

“It can never be me alone, we have a technical team that breathes and eats women football, and a very dedicated federation that is trying to put everything in place for the girls to perform to their best,” Shime told Football256, before revealing what the federation has in stock for the game.

“The federation drew a three-year strategic plan from 2019-2022 and I am glad the girls are already showing positivity,” he said.

It should be noted that Tanzania played the finals of the CECAFA Senior Women Challenge Cup this year and lost to Kenya.

They were also ejected from the U17 World Cup qualifiers by Uganda and have bounced back with victory at the COSAFA U17 tournament where they participated as guests, something that shows prosperity at different national team levels.  

Bar the tittle, Zambia scooped almost every award there is with Tisilile Lungu bagging the MVP award, Munsaka Chitete voted the best goalkeeper accolade of the tournament while Esther Siamfuko won the man-of-the-match accolade for the final.

The fair play award was also won by Zambia.

Tanzania now becomes the second East African team to clinch the tournament after Uganda won the inaugural title last year.

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