Zanzibar Becomes 55th Member Of CAF
History was made in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday as Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous archipelago of islands off the east coast of Africa was admitted as a full member of the Confederation of African Football, CAF.
The addition of Zanzibar to the roster of member countries means the Africa soccer ruling body now has 55 nations which makes the continent at par with UEFA as the biggest of FIFA's six confederations.
With Thursday’s development, Zanzibar's national team will now be able to enter African Cup of Nations qualifying and its soccer association will have a vote on continental issues.
Zanzibar, officially part of Tanzania but with its own government, was given unanimous approval at the Confederation of African Football's general assembly on Thursday.
Zanzibar was previously an associate member, allowing its clubs to play in CAF competitions but not its national team.
It was Tanzania soccer federation president Jamal Malinzi that moved the motion for Zanzibar to be admitted.