Tanzania’s national under-17 women team, the Serengeti Girls, are camping in England ahead of the 2022 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup scheduled for next month in India.

The team being handled by Bakari Shime traveled to England on Sunday ahead of their training camp which started on Tuesday in Southampton.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tanzania, Morocco and Nigeria have qualified to represent Africa at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup slated for Oct. 11 to Oct. 30 in India.

Shime said while the team has been preparing for some months now, training in Southampton would provide a better environment where every one of the players would be focused without any disturbances.

“We also hope to have some friendly matches,” added Shime.

The Serengeti Girls head coach made it clear that their first target at the World Cup would be making it out of the group into the knockout stage.

“We shall be playing at this big stage for the first time and we know the teams we shall face are experienced.

“But we are preparing well and hope to give a good account at the big stage,” added Shime.

Wilfred Kidao, General Secretary of Tanzania Football Association (TFF), also said they were excited to see the team qualify for the World Cup.

“We started with these girls four years ago and we are happy to see them develop through the ranks,” he added.

Kidao disclosed that they were hoping to organise some international friendly matches with teams from Europe and Asia.

Tanzania, who eliminated Cameroon at the last hurdle to qualify for the World Cup, are placed in Group D alongside Japan, Canada and France.(NAN)