The defunct United Republic of Tanzania premier soccer league is likely to be revived by next year, the Zanzibar Football Association’s vice-president Hajji Ameir confirmed here yesterday.
Ameir said preliminary agreement has been reached between ZFA and the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) on how to go about reviving the league.
The league collapsed soon after ZFA secured associate membership of the Confederation of African Football, CAF, in 1998.
Ameir said there are joint efforts in the sponsorship search currently being undertaken by the two football authorities for the Isles and Mainland.
The revival of the league is a top priority for the ZFA following a string of embarrassing defeats by the Zanzibar teams at the continental leagues since securing the associate membership tag.
None of the Zanzibar team has managed to cross over the first round of the CAF leagues since the Island has been admitted as associate member of the continental body.
ZFA has been intensifying a close cooperation with the TFF following a collapsed bid to win FIFA membership due to lack of sovereignty.
The Union league once revived will be of no use to the winners as Zanzibar and Mainland already have their slots in both the CAF Champions League as well as the Confederation Cup.
Football in Zanzibar has been down falling at exponential decreasing function with the current ZFA officials on board under a heavy blanket of criticism.
When the league was in operation, some of the Zanzibar teams had managed to win the Union title and represent the country at the continental tourneys.