Zanzibar joins CAF

Zanzibar joins CAF

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Mar 16, 2017. 20:30

After a number of attempts to become a member of the Confederation of African Football, Zanzibar has now been accepted.

The move comes after years of engagement with the continental football governing body and reports suggest the membership has been confirmed.

According to reports, CAF has accepted Zanzibar on Thursday during an executive meeting which coincided with the presidential elections.

Reports indicate that the semi-autonomous country off the east coast of Africa has been admitted as a full member of the African football governing body.

It is reported that the country's national team will now be eligible to enter African Cup of Nations qualifying matches and its soccer association will have a vote on continental issues.

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As part of Tanzania, but with its own government, Zanzibar was given unanimous approval at the Confederation of African Football's general assembly on Thursday.

The country was previously an associate member, allowing its clubs to play in CAF competitions, but not its national team.

Following the country's acceptance as a CAF member, the federation now has 55 member countries, equal with UEFA as the biggest of FIFA's six confederations.

Meanwhile, Tanzania Soccer Federation's president Jamal Malinzi had previously called for Zanzibar to be admitted.



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