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Zanzibar national football team

The Zanzibar national football team is the national football team of Zanzibar and is controlled by the Zanzibar Football Association.

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AssociationZanzibar Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
(Central & East Africa)
Head coachHemed Suleiman
Most capsKhamis Mcha Khamis (18)
Top scorerKhamis Mcha Khamis (5)
Home stadiumAmaan Stadium
First colours
Second colours
Elo ranking
Current 114 Steady (25 November 2019)[1]
Highest90 (1947)
Lowest171 (November 1992)
First international
 Tanganyika 3–1 Zanzibar
(Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika; September 18, 1947)
Biggest win
Zanzibar Zanzibar 6–0 Raetia 
(Arbil, Iraq; June 4, 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Kenya 10–0 Zanzibar
(Kenya; 1961)
VIVA World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2012)
Best resultThird Place, 2012
Appearances58 (first in 1947)
Best resultChampions, 1995


Zanzibar is not a member of FIFA and is therefore not eligible to enter the World Cup. The island is part of the nation of Tanzania, which holds FIFA recognition at the international level. Prior to the union of Zanzibar and Tanganyika in 1964, Zanzibar was a fully independent member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), but never qualified for the African Nations Cup.

Zanzibar was a provisional member of the N.F.-Board. The team placed second in the 2006 FIFI Wild Cup tournament, losing 4–1 on penalties to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in the final. For that tournament, they were coached by the German comedian Oliver Pocher.

Their U-20 team also played in the 2006 ELF Cup, finishing fourth of eight, winning one game (1–0 against Kyrgyzstan's national football team) and drawing twice (against Gagauzia and Greenland) before losing 5–0 to Northern Cyprus in the semifinal. They regularly play in the CECAFA Cup, which includes national teams from Central and East Africa, and in 1995 they became champions, winning the final match 1–0 against the host nation, Uganda. In the 2015 CECAFA Cup, they won by defeating Kenya 3–1.

On 18 July 2010, Zanzibar had to start afresh and find a new coach after the newly recruited Britishman, Stewart Hall, was forced to terminate his contract for technical reasons.[2]

In March 2017, Zanzibar were admitted to CAF, becoming the 55th member before the invite was rescinded.[3][4]

Competition recordsEdit


Gossage Cup / CECAFA CupEdit

Zanzibar competed in the Gossage Cup from 1949 to 1967, when the competition was renamed to the East and Central African Senior Challenge Cup:


In March 2017, Zanzibar were admitted to the Confederation of African Football, becoming eligible for the Africa Cup of Nations.[3] The invite was rescinded in July when FIFA rules forbade two national teams from one country.[4]

Africa Cup of NationsEdit



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Tanzania: GSB Nullifies Contract for Zanzibar Coach". All Africa Global Media. 18 July 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Zanzibar admitted as full member of African soccer body". Indian Express. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Zanzibar loses Caf membership in embarrassing U-turn". British Broadcasting Corporation. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 23 July 2017.

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