Thomas Emanuel Ulimwengu is a strong, fast young football striker who play for TP Mazembe Englebert.  Thomas came through the ranks at the Tanzania Soccer Academy.  He plays for for the Tanzania National Team, and has represented Tanzania at every level. 

Thomas Ulimwengu Profile


Thomas grew up in the Tanzanian capital Dodoma.  When he was 14 years old he was selected as a finalist during the nationwide search to fill the first class of the Tanzania Soccer Academy, located at the Tanzania Football Federation in Dar es Salaam. Thomas made it through subsequent selections and came through as one of the stars of the academy team.   

This led to selection for the Tanzania U-17 National Team. With the U-17's Thomas was top scorer in the CECAFA U-17 Championship (East African Championship) held in Sudan, 2009.  

In the 2009/10 Tanzania Premier League season Thomas played for Moro United (on loan from the Tanzania Soccer Academy).  He was a regular starter and scored many crucial goals for the side, attracting attention from top clubs teams and national team coach Marcio Maximo.  He was first called up to the senior national team in November 2009, and he has been a regular selection since.  

As part of the U-20 National team for 2010, he was Tanzania's top scorer in the 2011 African Youth Championship Qualifiers.  In summer 2010 he represented Tanzania in the Copa Coca Cola African Football Championship in South Africa, scoring 9 goals in 5 matches.  Thomas completed secondary school (form 4) at JKT Jitegemee High School in Dar es Salaam.  

In July 2010 Thomas joined Swedish development outfit AFC Academy, and with them finished in 3rd place in the 2010 Gothia Cup.

In November 2010, Thomas was again called up to the Tanzania National Team for the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.  He played three matches (Kenya, Zambia and Burundi) and helped Tanzania to win the tournament, which is the oldest football competition in Africa.

In summer 2011 Thomas played with the Tanzania U-23 National Team in their 2012 Olympic qualifying matches.  He has scored in three of their four qualifying matches (twice against Cameroon and once against Nigeria).

On August 31, Thomas transferred from AFC Solna in Sweden to four-time African Champions TP Mazembe Englebert based in Lubumbashi, DR Congo.  



Thomas plays for TP Mazembe against Don Bosco

Thomas celebrates his goal in Tanzania's victory over Cameroon in the 2012 Olympic Qualifiers

Thomas celebrates with the Tanzania National Team after winning the CECAFA Challenge Cup

Thomas joins Athletic Football Club, Sweden

Bringing a little bit of Tanzania to Sweden

Thomas Ulimwengu

National Team Practice

Training with the Tanzania National Football Team

Ngorongoro Heroes, Tanzania's U-20 National Team

Not a goalkeeper, but I like the gloves.

Talking to TBC News


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  • October 7, 2011: Thomas scores in debut for TP Mazembe!
    Thomas today for TP Mazembe in a friendly match against Don Bosco.  After Eric Bokanga's early goal for Mazembe, Thomas scored in the final minutes of the game to put the score up to 2-0.

    It's been a great pre-season, and Thomas is looking forward to playing competitive matches with the African Champions TP Mazembe, when the Congolese premier league season starts next month.
    Posted Oct 20, 2011, 8:52 AM by Thomas Uli
  • June 5, 2011 - Ulimwengu scores for Tanzania to beat Nigeria
    Thomas Ulimwengu scored the only goal in today's Olympic qualifier in Dar es Salaam, as Tanzania pulled off a shock victory over favorites Nigeria.  Despite strong attacking play from both sides, the match remained nil-nil until the 85th minute, when Mcha Khamis launched an excellent cross, which Thomas struck with lighting speed into the Nigerian net.  

    The Nigerian Olympic team, nicknamed "Dream Team V," came to Dar es Salaam confident of a win.  The team won silver in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Coach Augustine Eguavoen has stated that their aim is to win gold this year.   Tanzania has never qualified for an Olympic Games, but they have vowed to do so this year.  They have already been labeled "giantkillers" after seeing off Cameroon in the first qualification round, and they've done it again by beating Nigeria.  The second leg of the qualifier will be played in Nigeria on June 18.  

    Thomas, who spent the last two weeks of May with German Bundesliga side Hamburger SV, said, "I am so happy! So so happy! But we still have another match to play and hard work ahead of us."  He has stated that he is concentrating only on representing Olympic qualifiers for now, but hopes to return to Germany to sort out his club career after the qualifiers are over.  Thomas has played a crucial role in the Tanzania Olympic team, and has scored in every match so far in their qualifying campaign.
    Posted Jun 5, 2011, 3:30 PM by Thomas Uli
  • April 9, 2011 Giantkillers Tanzania pull off Olympic victory over Cameroon!
    The Tanzania U-23 national team knocked Cameroon out of the Olympic qualifiers today in an exciting and hard-fought match at Dar es Salaam's national stadium.  Tanzania entered the match as underdogs, having lost 2-1 to the West Africans in the first leg.  In today's match, Cameroon came out strong, with Essengue Parfait scoring an early goal to put the Lions ahead 3-1 on aggregate.  Tanzania fought back with all their might, and quickly found the net themselves, through Kigi Makasi's excellent strike.  It was Thomas Ulimwengu who brought the home side level with an incredible header off Kigi Makasi's cross, bringing the match to 3-3 on aggregate.  

    30 minutes of intense overtime saw many chances, but no goals, and left the match to be decided on penalties.  The first penalty taker, Cameroon's Patrick Abouna, hit the crossbar, then the next 3 penalty takers all score.  Tanzanian goalkeeper Shaaban Kado saved Mouangue Otele's goal, giving Tanzania's Innocent Wambura the chance to finish off the match.  But Wambura fluffed his kick, giving the Cameroonians a sliver of hope.  Then Tanzania's next kicker Juma Abdul fired home to secure Tanzania's victory, and the home crowd erupted and celebrated with the Tanzanian team.

    This was a massive defeat for the West African giants, who won gold in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  Tanzania still have more matches ahead of them to secure a spot at the London 2012 Olympics, but they have overcome formidable opponents and their spirits are high. 
    Posted Apr 9, 2011, 11:50 AM by Thomas Uli
  • March 27, 2011 Thomas scores in a hard-fought match against Cameroon
    The Tanzania U-23 National team faced off against their Cameroonian counterparts in Yaounde today, for the first leg of their 2012 Olympic footballer qualifier.  Cameroon scored early, but Tanzania equalized before the end of the first half.  Thomas Ulimwengu received a through pass with his back to goal, turned with the ball, and slotted it home with an excellent finish.  The first half ended 1-1, but in the second half, Cameroon capitalised on poor communication between the Tanzanian defenders and put away a second goal to with the tie 2-1.

    The Tanzanian team are in good spirits however, and they are confident of winning the second leg, to be played at home in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.   
    Posted Mar 27, 2011, 10:44 AM by Thomas Uli
  • March 23, 2011 TP Mazembe and Olympic Qualifiers
    Thomas has spent an exciting two weeks in Lubumbashi, DR Congo, with African Champions TP Mazembe Englebert (who came runners up to Inter Milan in last year's Club World Cup).  TP Mazembe have given Thomas leave to return to Tanzania and join up with his Tanzania U-23 teammates on their trip to Yaounde to face Cameroon in the 2012 Olympic qualifiers.  The match will be played on March 27.  Thomas will remain with the Olympic Squad for the return leg of the qualifier, which will be played in Dar es Salaam in early April.  Best of luck to Thomas and the Vijana Stars!
    Posted Mar 23, 2011, 4:01 PM by Thomas Uli
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Joy as U-23 team downs Nigeria, by Majuto Omary, The Citizen

Nigeria U-23 beaten in Dar, by The Guardian Tanzania

Excitement as U-23 Sail Through, by Majuto Omary, The Citizen 

Olympic Team off to Yaounde, by Japhet Kazenga, Tanzania Daily News

Ulimwengu Set for Mazembe Trial, by Japhet Kazenga, Tanzania Daily News

Vijana Stars to Warm Up Agains Cranes, by Imani Makongoro, The Citizen

Kihwelu names team for Olympics by Majuto Omary, The Citizen

Tanzania Rip Woeful Somalia Apart by Charles Nyende, Saturday Nation (Kenya)

Jan Poulsen recalls striker Mwaikimba from The Guardian Tanzania

Stockler unveils U20 squad by Majuto Ommary, The Citizen

Tanzania maul Malawi in Copa Coca Cola by Francis Gaitho, Star Africa

Maximo Summons 29 for Amavubi Return Leg by Bonnie Mugabe, The New Times

Maximo picks Taifa Stars players by Majuto Omary, The Citizen

U-20 eliminate Malawi
from Tanzania Sports

Rodrigo praises Ngorongoro Heroes by Abdallah Msuya, Daily News

Ngorongoro Heroes blow off Flames with 3-1 win by Jessica Nangawe, The Citizen

Heroes put off the Flames by Abdallah Msuya, Daily News

Match Roundup: Tanzania vs. Kenya Under-20 from the Daily News

Ngorongoro Heroes in Winning Spirit from the Tanzania Football Federation


Wanyasa waja kuivaa Ngorongoro kwa Doris Maliyaga, Mwananchi

Ngorongoro waizaba Kenya 4-3 kwa Free Media Limited

TBC Sport Kazini kwa Makinika

Moro Utd yaitandika Toto kwa Wilbert Molandi, Free Media Limited

Mcheza tennis ang'ara TASWA kwa Tanzania Live News

Serengeti Boys yailipua Lyon kwa Free Media Limited

Wikipedia Kiswahili: Thomas Ulimwengu kwa Wikipedia Kiswahili