Seattle, Washington

Tonight Tanzania’s National Women’s Football team, the Twiga Stars, took on the Northwest National Reds U-18 in a friendly match at the Starfire Sports Complex south of Seattle, Washington, USA.  Despite having traveled for almost two full days, spending 28 hours on planes and arriving only the night before, the Twiga Stars beat their American opponents 2-0, with goals by Eto Mlenzi and Esther “Lunyamila” Chabruma.

The Northwest Nationals are one of the top youth soccer clubs in Washington State, and many of their players each season go on to earn soccer scholarships at top universities.

The Twiga Stars are currently on their USA training trip sponsored by Ms. Rahma Al-Kharoosi, president of RBP Oil & Industrial Technology Ltd.  While in the USA, the Twiga Stars will be playing a number of matches, including a special showcase match on August 7 against the Seattle Sounders Women’s Team, who play in the USL W-League, the second tier of USA women’s soccer.  The aim of the trip is to gain experience before the African Women’s Championship to be held in South Africa this October.  The Twiga Stars qualified for the continental finals by beating Ethiopia 4-2 on aggregate, then beating Eritrea 11-3 on aggregate.

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