IN a shocking revelation, the national women's soccer team coach, Charles Boniface Mkwasa has conceded that some of Twiga Stars players have been engaging themselves in homosexual acts.
Mkwasa, who has already spoken of his intent to step down as Twiga Stars coach, revealed in an interview with a local TV station that he removed the lesbians from his squad. "It is true that some of the players engaged themselves in homosexuality but we removed them from the team soon as we learnt of their behaviour.
We took the decision regardless of the player's ability and contribution in the team," Mkwasa said. The former Tanzanian international was responding to a question by a Star TV presenter, Baruani Muhuza, who sought the truth behind the rumours that some of Twiga Stars players had been engaging in homosexual activities while in camp.
However, Mkwasa did not disclose the names of the alleged players. There have been concerns among soccer fans over emergent indiscipline among the Twiga Stars players, with some attributing it to the team's recent poor performance. But Mkwasa believes the girls' disciplinary record has shown tremendous improvement in recent years.
"There is this problem that these players want to behave like their male counterparts, because they play football, they also want to look like men players. "But I have always been very tough on this..... I have been talking to them, trying to counsel them on how they should behave and I think there is tremendous change on that area and of course their discipline is generally good," said Mkwasa.
Mkwasa, who doubles as Ruvu Shooting coach, insisted on his wish to leave Twiga Stars post after he failed to guide the team to the African Women Championship (AWC) finals as he wants to concentrate on club duties. The former Young Africans player, who has been in charge of Twiga Stars for the past five years, was yesterday expected to tender his resignation letter at the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF).
The Twiga Stars crushed out of the African Women's Championship qualifiers, after suffering a 1-0 home defeat to Ethiopia, at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam last Saturday. The local queens had suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of their Ethiopian counterparts, in the first leg match played in Addis Ababa on May 26, this year.