Fury as Tanzania president says female players with "flat chests" look like men

Tanzania's president has come under criticism for her recent comments on female footballers.

Samia Suluhu Hassan made the remarks when hosting Tanzania's U23 men's side at the State House in the coastal city of Dar es Salaam.

"If we bring them here and line them up, for those with flat chests, you might think they are men – not women," Mrs Samia reportedly said when addressing the football team.

"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."

Mrs Samia continued: "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 61-year-old became Tanzania's first female head of state in March.

Mrs Samia became President when she replaced the former head of state, John Magufuli, who passed away from heart complications.

Catherine Ruge, head of the women's section of the opposition Chadema party and a former MP, tweeted: "This is an Humiliation to Women. All women are beautiful and the beauty is on the eyes of the beholder!"

Before adding: "All women deserve respect."

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