TANZANIA NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM
FIFA RANKING: 135
Tanzania Football Federation (TFF)
Tanzania National Main Stadium, Dar es Salaam
MOST CAPPED PLAYER:-
Mrisho Ngasa (100 caps)
Mrisho Ngasa (25 goals)
Mbwana Samatta, Salum Abubakar, Faridi Mussa, Raphael Bocco, Simon Msuva, Himid Mao, Shomari Kampombe, Erasto Nyoni, Juma Kaseja
AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS (AFCON):-
Best Result: Group stage (1980, 2019)
The Tanzania national football team represents Tanzania in international football. Football operations are controlled by the TFF. The organization was founded in 1945 and was officially recognized under FIFA’s affiliation in 1964.
Tanzania joined the CAF in 1965 and the CECAFA in 1973. t was a founding member of CECAFA alongside Kenya, Uganda, Zanzibar and Somalia.
The Taifa Stars have failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, however, their most recent success came in 2019 when they qualified for the AFCON.
They have done well in the CECAFA Cups in the past, winning it thrice and finishing runners-up on 5 occasions.
Tanzania also featured in the 2009 African Nations Championship and they were knocked out in the group stage back then. They have failed to qualify for more ever since.
FOOTBALL IN TANZANIA
Football is the most popular sport in Tanzania.
Tanzania’s league system has 4 main tiers with the Tanzanian Premier League being the first division. This league features the best domestic football clubs in the country including Simba and Young Africans, 2 of the biggest teams in the country.
Tanzania follows a promotion and relegation system for club football. The bottom 2 teams in the Premier League are automatically relegated to the 2nd division known as the Tanzanian First Division League. This 2nd division comprises of 24 teams divided into 3 groups equally. The top 2 teams gain automatic promotion whereas the next 4 go through a playoff system to fight for promotion.
If relegated, teams move down to the 3rd division – Tanzanian Second Division League. The league is divided into 4 groups with 6 teams in each group. 3 teams are automatically promoted and 3 are automatically relegated at the end of the season.
The fourth main tier in Tanzanian football is the Regional Champions League. This features 4 groups of 7 teams each of which 3 teams gain automatic qualification into the 3rd division.
BETTING IN TANZANIA
IS ONLINE GAMBLING LEGAL IN TANZANIA?
Yes, online gambling has effectively been legal and regulated in Tanzania since 2012, when the government amended the existing legislation to account for online gambling and bring online operators under the relevant licensing regime.
The licensing system is run by the Gaming Board of Tanzania.
IS IT SAFE TO BET ONLINE IN TANZANIA?
Yes, since 2012, if bettors in Tanzania use licensed and regulated platforms that come under the authority of the Gaming Board of Tanzania, there is no reason to worry and fret.
HOW DO DEPOSITS AND WITHDRAWALS WORK IN TANZANIA FOR ONLINE BETTING?
Major credit cards like Visa and MasterCard, and sometimes American Express, are accepted at most sites in Tanzania.
Prepaid credit and debit cards are also a popular option used by Tanzanians.
E-wallets like Skrill and Neteller are usually available too. The locally run sites mostly offer mobile money transfer services like Vodacom M-Pesa, Airtel Money, etc.
There is also a “voucher” system, which requires going into the physical store of the betting company, buying the said voucher, and then using this voucher to make an online deposit at the operator’s website.
IS MOBILE BETTING AVAILABLE IN TANZANIA?
Yes. Mobile phones have a 77% market penetration in Tanzania! Almost every betting platform offers online betting services to its customers.
WHICH ARE THE POPULAR SPORTS FOR BETTING IN TANZANIA?
Football (soccer) is not only the biggest sport in Africa but also Tanzania. Tanzanians love European football – the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League are big hits amongst the crowd.
Boxing and basketball are very popular in the country as well with rugby slowly gaining popularity.
ARE WINNINGS FROM BETTING TAXABLE?
Yes, if you use sports betting sites that are regulated by the Gaming Board of Tanzania, then winnings are subject to 20% tax, minus the amount bet. The amount is collected on the Board’s behalf and paid by the Tanzanian sports betting sites.
However, Tanzanians who use European licensed sites then tax winnings are taxed differently.
IS THE SPORTS BETTING MARKET FAIRLY REGULATED IN TANZANIA?
Tanzania is one of the most progressive countries on the African continent. It legalised gambling in 1992, under the Investment Promotion and Protection Act. It legalised online gambling in 1999 as an amendment to the Gaming Control Act.
The Gaming Board of Tanzania (GBT) was established in 2003. It is responsible for issuing licences to casinos and sports betting sites. The board is also responsible for ensuring licensed operators follow strict guidelines surrounding security, fairness, and protection of player funds and privacy. The GBT does a fantastic job in the country.