The Turkish Cypriot Football Association (CTFA) approved on Friday harmonisation of its charter with that of the world football governing body FIFA.
Reports said 40 out of 42 clubs took part in the CTFA’s assembly, with 38 voting in favour of the changes.
“A trip has started for the future of football, youth, and the country,” CTFA chief Hasan Sertoglu was quoted as saying by the Cyprus News Agency.
In March, the CTFA applied to join the ranks of the Cyprus Football Federation (CFA).
In a letter to FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, copied to CFA chairman Costakis Koutsokoumnis, Sertoglu informed football’s governing body of the CTFA’s intention to harmonise its charter so that it can apply for membership.
Not recognised internationally, the CTFA has taken on the authorities in the north over Turkish Cypriot football clubs being denied transfer fees for players signed by Turkish clubs – their only shot at professional football.
Sertoglu sought to address this problem by holding talks with Koutsokoumnis, which culminated in an agreement to incorporate the CTFA into the island’s only recognised professional football association – with FIFA’s blessing and public support.