Zanzibar national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Zanzibar Football Association
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation CECAFA (Central & East Africa)
Head coach Vítězslav Nemetz
Home stadium Amaan Stadium
First colours
Second colours
Elo ranking
Current 135 (26 March 2017)
Highest 117 (August 2011)
Lowest 171 (November 1992)
First international
 Tanganyika 3–1 Zanzibar
(Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika; September 18, 1947)
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 Third Place, 2012
Appearances 58 (first in 1947)
Best result Champions, 1995

The Zanzibar national football team is the national football team of Zanzibar and is controlled by the Zanzibar Football Association. Zanzibar are not a member of FIFA but is a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), having become the 55th member in March 2017.[1] Therefore they are eligible to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations, but not the FIFA World Cup.


Zanzibar is not a member of FIFA and is therefore not eligible to enter the World Cup. 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. In the 2015 CECAFA Cup they won by defeating Kenya 3–1

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.[2]

In March 2017, Zanzibar where admitted to CAF, becoming the 55th member.[1]


Gossage Cup / CECAFA Cup[edit]

Zanzibar competed in the Gossage Cup from 1949 to 1967, when the competition was renamed to the East and Central African Senior Challenge Cup


In March 2017, Zanzibar were admitted to the Confederation of African Football, becoming eligible for the Africa Cup of Nations.[1]

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Host nation(s) / Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Ivory Coast 2021 To Be Determined
Guinea 2023
Total 0 Titles 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0



Current squad[edit]


Outfield players:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Zanzibar admitted as full member of African soccer body". Indian Express. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  2. ^ [1]

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