Zanzibar Football Association (ZFA) has announced plans to deregister all football clubs without officially elected leaders.
ZFA’s vice-president Haji Ameir announced the measures when he was winding up a ten-day coaching seminar that started on March 3 at the Amaan Stadium here.
The decision has been reached with a view of promoting soccer in the isles after several clubs have been operating without democratically elected officials.
“We have no option except to deregister all the clubs without valid officials by next year,” said Ameir.
Ameir said there are 618 football clubs in Zanzibar but few of them have democratically elected officials.
He said ZFA needs to promote soccer in the Isles, that’s why it has hosted a seminar for coaches, officials and referees.
Ameir said the Confederation of African Football has embarked on transformation of soccer such that it needs all clubs to own stadiums and elected officials.
Meanwhile, Ameir said he plans to meet the Zanzibar’s First Vice-President on March 25 with the main agenda during the meeting being how best to run football activities in the Isles.
The ZFA official said Zanzibar is strongly in need to win the next edition of the Challenge Cup championship and that’s why it has embarked in staging tournaments from the grassroots level to unearth talents.
He underlined the staging of the grassroots tournament as a basis to expose football talents.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the seminar, the Tanzania Football Federation’s technical director, Sunday Kayuni, made a call to coaches to make full use of the seminar in uplifting the football standard in the Isles.
Kayuni said TFF and ZFA would still work together for the sake of guiding coaches, officials and referees in the promotion of soccer.