Zanzibar national football team

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Association Zanzibar Football Association
Confederation CECAFA, ConIFA
Head coach Oliver Pocher
Home stadium Amaan Stadium
Elo ranking 137
Highest Elo ranking 117 (August 2011)
Lowest Elo ranking 171 (November 1992)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Zanzibar 3–2 Kenya 
(Zanzibar; May 1949)
Biggest win
Zanzibar Zanzibar 6–0 Raetia 
(Arbil, Iraq; June 4, 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Kenya 10–0 Zanzibar
(Kenya; 1961)
VIVA World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2012)
Best result 3rd (2012)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances -
Appearances 53 (First in 1949)
Best result Winners 1995

The Zanzibar national football team is the national team of Zanzibar, and is controlled by the Zanzibar Football Association.


Zanzibar is not a member of FIFA and is therefore not eligible to enter the World Cup. However, as a member of the CAF,[citation needed] it can take a part in the Africa Cup of Nations.[citation needed] The island is part of the nation of Tanzania which holds FIFA recognition at the international level. Prior to the union of Zanzibar and Tanganyika in 1964, Zanzibar was a fully independent member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), but never qualified for the African Nations Cup. It was also an associate member of FIFA between 2007 and 2009.

Zanzibar is currently a provisional member of the N.F.-Board. The team placed 2nd in the 2006 FIFI Wild Cup tournament, losing 4-1 on penalties to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in the final. For that tournament, they were coached by the German comedian Oliver Pocher.

Their U-20 team also played in the 2006 ELF Cup, finishing fourth of eight, winning one game (1-0 against Kyrgyzstan's national futbal team) and drawing twice (against Gagauzia and Greenland) before losing 5-0 to Northern Cyprus in the semifinal. They regularly play in the CECAFA Cup, which includes national teams from Central and East Africa, and in 1995 they became champions, winning the final match 1-0 against the host nation, Uganda.

On 18 July 2010, Zanzibar had to start afresh and find a new coach after the newly recruited Briton, Stewart Hall, was forced to terminate his contract for technical reasons. [1]

Notable Coaches[edit]

Zanzibar football achievements[edit]

  • 1 Time Champion (1995)
  • 6 Times Semifinalist (two times third)
ELF Cup :
  • 2006 - Fourth Place
FIFI Wild Cup :
  • 2006 - Second Place
African Cup of Nations :
  • 1962 - Did Not Qualify
All the other editions did not enter.

VIVA World Cup record[edit]

VIVA World Cup
Year Position GP W D L GS GA
Occitania 2006 Did not enter - - - - - -
Sápmi (area) 2008 Did not enter - - - - - -
Padania 2009 Did not enter - - - - - -
Gozo 2010 Did not enter - - - - - -
Iraqi Kurdistan 2012 3rd 4 3 0 1 16 4
Total Best: 3rd 4 3 0 1 16 4
VIVA World Cup History
Year Round Score Result
Round 1  Zanzibar 6 – 0  Raetia Win
Round 1  Zanzibar 3 – 0  Tamil Eelam Win
Semi-Final  Zanzibar 0 – 2  Northern Cyprus Lose
3rd/4th match  Zanzibar 7 – 2  Provence Win

Current squad[edit]


Outfield players:

See also[edit]