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Zanzibar national football team

Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Zanzibar Football Association
Confederation CECAFA, ConIFA
Head coach Oliver Pocher
Home stadium Amaan Stadium
Elo ranking 137
Highest Elo ranking 117 (August 2011)
Lowest Elo ranking 171 (November 1992)
First international
23x15px Tanganyika 3-1 Zanzibar 23x15px
(Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika; September 18, 1947)
Biggest win
23x15px Zanzibar 6–0 Raetia 23x15px
(Arbil, Iraq; June 4, 2012)
Biggest defeat
Template:Country data Kenya 10–0 Zanzibar 23x15px
(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 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. However, as a member of the CAF,[citation needed] it can take a part in the Africa Cup of Nations.[citation needed] 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 is currently a provisional member of the N.F.-Board. The team placed 2nd 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 futbal 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.

On 18 July 2010, Zanzibar had to start afresh and find a new coach after the newly recruited Briton, Stewart Hall, was forced to terminate his contract for technical reasons. [1]

Zanzibar football achievements

Africa Cup of Nations

VIVA World Cup record

VIVA World Cup
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
23x15px 2006 Did not enter
23x15px 2008
23x15px 2009
23x15px 2010
23x15px 2012 Third Place 3rd 4 3 0 1 16 4
Total 1/5 0 Titles 4 3 0 1 16 4

Minor Tournaments

Minor Tournament Record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
23x15px 2006 FIFI Wild Cup Runners-Up 2nd 4 2 1 1 7 6
23x15px 2006 ELF Cup Fourth Place 4th 5 1 3 1 5 9
Total 0 Titles 9 3 4 2 12 15

Current squad


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