President John Pombe Magufuli has gifted each national team player and the technical staff a piece of land and cash token equivalent to Sh500,000 in the capital city of Dodoma. Tanzania beat cross-border rivals Uganda 3-0 in Dar es Salaam in a must win encounter on Sunday to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time in 39 years.
Goals from Saimon Happygod Msuva, Erasto Nyoni and Aggrey Morris ensured the Taifa Stars book a place for the tournament in Egypt later this year.
The President through the Prime Minister on Saturday promised each
player an amount of US$ 5,000 if they make it to Africa’s flagship
tournament for the first time in 39 years.
“I’m very happy for you Taifa Stars and the entire nation,” Magufuli told the triumphant players at State House, in Dar es Salaam.
The Head of State has also backed the players to go all the way and win the tournament in Egypt.
“I did not expect you to reach this stage following the poor show after you lost to Lesotho. Since then, I have not received any phone call or replied text messages from the Minister responsible for Sports. I believe you can put a better performance in Cairo and go on to win the tournament,” he said.