Zanzibar Football Association, ZFA, has unveiled a squad of players who would join the Zanzibar team for training ahead of next month’s ‘World Cup’ championship for countries that have no FIFA membership.
The ‘World Cup championship will be staged in Kurdistan for five days from June 4 as Zanzibar is competing for the first time in the tournament’s history.
ZFA assistant secretary general Masoud Attai named the players making the team and their respective clubs in bracket as Abbas Nassor (Miembeni) and Gharib Mussa of African Lyon, who are the goalkeepers.
The rest of the players include Mafunzo FC’s trio of Ismail Khamis Amour, Mohamed Abdulrahim and Makame Juma, Othman Omar Tamim and Amir Hamad (JKT Oljoro), Awadh Juma Issa (Mtibwa Sugar), Khamis Mcha Khamis, Abdulhalim Humoud, Abdulghan Gulam and Abdi Kassim (Azam FC).
The Hemed Morocco-coached team also has Juma Othman Mmanga (Jamhuri), Suleiman Kassim Selembe (African Lyon), Nadir Haroub (Yanga) and Ali Mohamed Ali (Super Falcon).
Foreign-based players named for the team includes Sabri Ramadhan (Oman) and Ali Badru who features for Egyptian’s top flight side of Al Canal.
The selected players are expected to join a camp today and will be residing at the Bwawani Hotel here. The team’s first trial match will be against visiting Malawi side to be played at the Amaan Stadium under floodlights on May 28.
The ZFA has already received return flight tickets to the tournament venue for 18 and seven officials.
However, despite the availability of the 25 return flight tickets, ZFA still seeks additional funds to cater for the team’s predations to the tune of
39m/- as confirmed by Attai.
Attai said ZFA has cooperated with the Government to form a special committee to be in charge of fund raising activities to meet the colossal expenditure demand.
The committee will be under chairman Munir Zakaria, secretary general Kassim Ali, treasurer Attai as Abdullah Thabit, Layla Said and Asaa Authman as members.
The committee has already donated half million to the fund’s pool.
"It’s time for the entire Zanzibar people to held the team so as to realise our dream for football promotion as well as other aspects such as tourism promotion", said Attai.
The “World Cup” will be Zanzibar’s second international championship beside the annual Challenge Cup for East and Central African countries.
Zanzibar’s bid to secure FIAF membership has completely collapsed on grounds of lacking souvrenity through the formation of the United Republic of Tanzania in 1964