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Tanzanian President Faces Rough Time As She Receives Criticism For Comments Over Footballers

 The Tanzanian president has been convicted for describing the country's footballers as having "flat chests" and unattractive for marriage.

 Samia Suluhu Hassan made the remarks when welcoming the Tanzania Under-23 men's soccer team to State House in the coastal city of Dar es Salaam.

 The 61-year-old woman is Tanzania's first female head of state.

 She recently told the BBC that some people doubted she would become president because of her gender.

 “Even some of my government workers initially fired me as just another woman, but they quickly accepted my direction,” Ms. Samia said.

 His latest comments have been widely condemned.

 "President @SuluhuSamia's comment on female footballers is a humiliation for all women," said Catherine Ruge, leader of the women's wing of the Chadema opposition party and former MP.

 While gender and mental health researcher @Sajokm said she was "shocked".

 @bomba_mudolo wrote: Where are our women's rights? Mama [Samia] encourages our African women to be good at what they are good at

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 The BBC has contacted the Tanzanian football authorities for comment.

 Ms Samia said that while female footballers were the pride of the East African country by winning trophies, some had no chance of getting married because of their looks.

 “If we bring them here and line them up, for the flat chested ones you might think they're male - not female,” she said.

 She said that while some sportswomen were married, most of them were not, "and for what they are, a married life ... is just a dream."

 Elsewhere in her speech, she said sportsmen have difficult lives after their careers and called on authorities to ensure they are taken care of when they retire.

 She noted that it was particularly difficult for women "where their legs are tired, when they have retired from the sport".

 President Samia became president in March when she replaced John Magufuli, who died of heart complications.

 He has been widely criticized for imposing a ban on pregnant girls or mothers from attending school.

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