Zanzibar set to host Matabeleland team in International friendly
The Zanzibar national football team will face the Matabeleland national team on March 27th, 2021.
Seif Kombo Pandu, President of the Zanzibar Football Federation (ZFF) confirmed the development saying the historical match will take place at the Amani Stadium.
“We have been having discussions and agreed that our teams play in an international friendly,” added Pandu.
Matabeleland is a region located in southwestern Zimbabwe that is divided into three provinces: Matabeleland North, Bulawayo and Matabeleland South.
Together with Zanzibar, Matabeleland are not members of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), but members of the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA).
Zanzibar are associate members of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and have their teams participate in CAF Club competitions and also in tournaments under the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) where they are members.
Matabeleland national football team joined 15 other teams and participated in the 3rd Edition of the World Football Cup held in London in 2018. It was organized by CONIFA.
CONIFA, the Confederation of Independent Football Associations, is the football federation for all associations outside FIFA.
It’s a global acting non-profit organization that supports representatives of international football teams from nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples and sports isolated territories.
CONIFA was founded on the 7th of June 2013, and organized it’s first World Football Cup in June 2014 in Ostersund, Sweden.