Zanzibar Football Association is expected to hold a mini election on June 30 here to find a replacement for the body’s president Ali Fereji Tamim who has retired on medical grounds.
ZFA`s assistant secretary general
Masoud Attai the electoral committee under the chairmanship of Gulam Abdullah Rashid and his four members will be responsible to organise the election.
Over ten million shillings has been budgeted to be used in the election as 55delegates from all over Unguja and Pemba are expected t attend.
The sum will cater for accommodation, allowances and other upkeep for the 55 delegates as well as other associated expenditures.
All delegates are expected to arrive here on June 29, a day ahead of the election.
According to ZFA’s constitutional amendments of the vacant post is supposed to be filled within three months.
Attai said the decision to set the date has been reached during the ZFA executive committee meeting held recently.
Tamim who has been in power for over two consecutive decades requested to be relieved of the post on April 2 after lengthy albescence and office inactivity.
Tamim claims to step down on health reasons and family commitments. News of Tamim’s resignation from the top ZFA post has instantly ignited interest of football stakeholders wishing to fill the post.
Among those interested to fill the gap includes former national team player and coach Salum Bausi, Zanzibar Ocean View director Amani Ibrahim Makungu, Mohamed Hassan Moyo and ZFA’s spokesman Munir Zacharia.
Tamim’s resignation has been long overdue as stakeholders were increasingly becoming impatient to check his leadership.
He declared not to run for re-election in 2009 before making an abrupt U-turn as Zanzibar’s FIFA membership bid gained tempo a year after and successfully retained the post in a debatable and disputed election.
Tamim was on the front row to lead Zanzibar football leaders into convincing FIFA president Sepp Blatter to back the Island in securing membership.
ZFA was shell shocked when FIFA dumped their membership bid in June last year on the grounds of lacking souvrenity.
Since the formation of Union Government in 1964, FIFA recognizes Tanzania Football Federation as legitimate member of the world football governing body