Zanzibar denied membership by Fifa

Zanzibar's application to become a member of Fifa has blown up in smoke once again on grounds that the country lacks sovereignty, as revealed in a letter dispatched to them

The Fifa membership bid lodged by Zanzibar Football Association (ZFA) has hit a dead end after the world football governing body revealed that of lack of sovereignty was the main reason.

ZFA officials travelled to Zurich in 2010 to submit their application so that they could be allowed to participate in international competitions.

According to Ippmedia, a letter was sent by Fifa to the ZFA on June 21 this year with reference numbers SG/TRE/PCO signed by secretary general Jerome Valcke. The letter state, "Zanzibar has been denied access to membership card on the strongest ground of missing sovereignty as an independent stated."

Fifa highlighted the fact that Zanzibar is part of United Republic of Tanzania and there is no way the body would open room for the island’s membership at the moment.

The ZFA broke away from the TFF in 2002, after complaining that its interests were ignored by their mainland counterparts, Tanzania.

Zanzibar’s status as an independent nation came to an end when they formed a union with Tanzania in 1964.

The letter added that Zanzibar would continue to benefit from Fifa grants to develop football through the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) and will also enjoy the opportunity of attending courses and seminars conducted by Fifa.