The president of the Republic of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has come under fire for describing women in football as flat-chested and unattractive candidates for marriage.
The Tanzanian leader made these remarks while hosting Tanzania’s Under-23 men’s football team at State House in the coastal city of Dar es Salaam.
She recognized the fact that women in football earn some trophies for the state, she is, however, of the view that they need to have a second thought about their marriage life since most of the women in her estimation are flat-chested and therefore will struggle to get husbands to marry.
“For those who have flat chests, you might think they are men and not women,” she said at Sunday’s event.
She continued by saying, “And if you look at their faces you might wonder … because if you want to marry, you want someone who is attractive, a lady who has the qualities that you want.”
“Today they are making us proud as a nation when they bring trophies to the country but if you look at their lives in the future, when the legs are tired from playing, when they don’t have the health to play, what life will they be living?”
“The life of marriage is like a dream to them. Because even if one of you here takes them home as your wife, your mother will ask if they are a woman or a fellow man.” She reiterated.
The president’s comments have come under heavy criticism from leaders and netizens in Tanzania and across the world, with most people describing the comments as unfortunate and humiliating to women.