[/media-credit] Zanzibar women football national team that took part in the 2016 CECAFA Women Championship at Njeru in Uganda

CECAFA member Zanzibar has officially applied to the world football governing body, Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) to become a member.

The Zanzibar Football Association made the application for admission on Sunday.

Early this year, Zanzibar was admitted to the Confederation of Africa Football Associations (CAF) as member.

Tanzania Football Federation President Jamal Malinzi who championed Zanzibar’s admission as a CAF member confirmed.

Zanzibar, a protectorate of the mainland Tanzania, is now a full CAF member unlike in 2005 when they first sought FIFA’s recognition and were turned down.

They were admitted as the 55th CAF member during the 39th Ordinary General Assembly held in Addis Ababa in March this year.

Previously, Zanzibar operated as an associate member of CAF, and hence could not field a national team in CAF competitions.

However, their clubs fully participated in the continental championships.

According to FIFA statutes, an association must be a member of a confederation before it can become a member of FIFA.

The FIFA Congress reserves the right to admit, suspend or expel a member.

Article 12 part 1, “The Council shall request the Congress either to admit or not admit an association. The association may state the reasons for its application to the Congress.”

If successfully admitted, Zanzibar Football Association will become the 212th member association of FIFA.

Thereafter, they will immediately acquire membership rights and duties.

Its delegates will also be able vote and be elected with immediate effect.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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