Zanzibar national football team

Association Zanzibar Football Association
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation CECAFA
(Central & East Africa)
Head coach Hemed Suleiman
Home stadium Amaan Stadium
First colours
Second colours
Elo ranking
Current 115 1 (20 August 2018)
Highest 117 (August 2011)
Lowest 171 (November 1992)
First international
 Tanganyika 3–1 Zanzibar
(Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika; September 18, 1947)
Biggest win
Zanzibar 6–0 Raetia 
(Arbil, Iraq; June 4, 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Kenya 10–0 Zanzibar
(Kenya; 1961)
VIVA World Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2012)
Best result Third Place, 2012
Appearances 58 (first in 1947)
Best result Champions, 1995

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


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. It was also an associate member of FIFA between 2007 and 2009.

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.[1]

In March 2017, Zanzibar were admitted to CAF, becoming the 55th member before the invite was rescinded.[2][3]

Competition records


Gossage Cup / CECAFA Cup

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.[2] The invite was rescinded in July when FIFA rules forbade two national teams from one country.[3]

Africa Cup of Nations



Current squad


  • Mbarouk Suleiman Seif
  • Muhammed Aboud Kirobo
  • Abrek Abdul Messabara

Outfield players:

  • Malale Hamsin Keya (Defender)
  • Twahir Ahmada Mzee
  • Rajab Khamis Shaban (Defender)
  • Hussein Raashid
  • Salum Mohammed
  • Mwinyi Ally Salum
  • Kasim Abukadir(Midfielder)
  • Khamis Mcha Khamis (Midfielder)
  • Khamis Sufiani
  • Salum Ussi Hamad
  • Masoud Ali Mohamed
  • Nassor Massoud
  • Abdalla Seif Ali
  • Thomas Mauris (Striker)
  • Ali Suleiman (Striker)
  • Musa Omar (Striker)
  • Abdalla Juma (Striker)
  • Awsu Maulid (Striker)


See also


  1. "Tanzania: GSB Nullifies Contract for Zanzibar Coach". All Africa Global Media. 18 July 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  2. 1 2 "Zanzibar admitted as full member of African soccer body". Indian Express. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  3. 1 2 "Zanzibar loses Caf membership in embarrassing U-turn". British Broadcasting Corporation. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
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