Zanzibar seeks FIFA membership

Zanzibar seeks FIFA membership
Ahmad, CAF President shakes hands with Gianni Infantino, FIFA President

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Jun 05, 2017. 14:30

In an aim to become part of FIFA as an independent football association, Zanzibar has tabled their bid to become a member of world football governing body.

According to media reports, Tanzanian Football Federation president, Jamal Malinzi, has confirmed Zanzibar's fresh bid to become a member of FIFA.

Zanzibar is part of Tanzania, but has its own government and was given unanimous approval at the Confederation of African Football's general assembly in March.


The BBC website has it that the country wanted to become a FIFA member on a number of occasions and had its previous application rejected in 2005.

Furthermore, the Zanzibar Football Association (ZFA) has reportedly fulfilled a crucial requirement stating that national associations must be affiliated to continental confederations before they can join FIFA.

Should FIFA accept CAF's 55th member association, Zanzibar is set to become the 212th member of world football's governing body.

The country will also be granted the right to vote on global football issues and the national team will be able to take part in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

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