ZFA awaits CAF membership fate

15Mar 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
ZFA awaits CAF membership fate

ZANZIBAR Football Association (ZFA) and the entire soccer stakeholders in the Isles are eagerly awaiting the verdict of their application to become fully fledged member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) later today.

Jamal Malinzi

CAF has its annual congress being held today in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa where president of the Tanzania Football Federation, Jamal Malinzi is there for the polls.

Malinzi and other presidents of football federations across the continent are in Addis Ababa to vote for the CAF president where incumbent Issa Hayatou from Cameroon is seeking re-election while Mauritius Ahmed Ahmed is his main challenger.

It is not known whether Tanzania will cast vote for Hayatou or Ahmed as Malinzi has been tight-lipped on the issue ahead of boarding a flight to the Horn of Africa country.
Malinzi has brought with him the membership application for Zanzibar and the decision will be made today by CAF.

Zanzibar has previously been awarded CAF interim membership for over one decade now, enjoying privileges of fielding clubs in the CAF Confederation Cup and Champions League.

TFF has been under pressure for many years to support Zanzibar’s inexorable quest to win full membership not only for CAF but also for the world governing body, FIFA.

However, FIFA has categorically declared that it cannot admit Zanzibar to become its member as the Isles lacks souvreignity which has lost since the formation of the United Republic of Tanzania between (Zanzibar and Tanganyika) in 1964.

In related development, former president of the TFF Leodegar Tenga is seeking to win blessings from CAF to become its executive member in the FIFA general assembly.

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