Forward Madison midfielder Ally Hamis Ng’Anzi has become the first-ever FMFC player to earn a national team call-up, the club announced Friday. Ng’Anzi was called into the Tanzanian National Team for its 2022 World Cup qualifier matches against Burundi on Sept. 4 and 8, the Flamingos said.
“We’re excited for Ally, it’s a great accomplishment for him,” Flamingos Head Coach Daryl Shore said in a statement. “It’s also a good thing for our club to have someone be able to play for their national team in a World Cup qualifier. It shows that our club is serious about the level of players we bring in.”
Other Forward Madison FC players have played for their national teams in the past including Josiel Núñez, who has made 14 appearances for Panama. However, Ng’Anzi is the first to receive the honor while on Madison’s roster. Ng’Anzi’s had previously played with Tanzania’s youth teams, but this is his first call-up to the senior side.
“It’s a testament to all the work he’s put in this year,” Shore said in a statement. “Even though he hasn’t played a lot of games for us, in the games he’s played he’s done well and he trains hard every day.”
Ng’Anzi, who is with the ‘Mingos on a season-long loan from Minnesota United FC, made his first League One start in June.