The Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) held its Extra-Odinary General Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday and made decisions regarding important issues. The meeting Chaired by CECAFA Chairman Leodegar Tenga was attended by 11 Chairmen of the 12 strong CECAFA member Associations.
The Chairmen who attended the meeting included: Jamal Malinzi (Tanzania), Sam Nyamweya (Kenya), Moses Magogo (Uganda), Vincent Nzamwita (Rwanda), Goc Chabur (south sudan), Reverien Ndikuriyo (Burundi), Abdiqaani Saed (Somalia), Tesfaye Gebreyesus (Eritrea), Juneidi Basha (Ethiopia) Ahmed Eltrifi vice chairman (Sudan) and Ravia Idarius (Zanzibar).
The successful meeting was convened to discuss the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup and the progress made by the Council in the past 12 months.
Tenga who is also CECAFA member in the CAF Executive Committee documented CECAFA’s achievements in the past 12 months by highlighting the high profile competitions hosted in the region since the beginning of the year. This included the inaugural CECAFA Nile Basin Cup in Sudan in May and the CECAFA-Kagame Club cup in Rwanda in August where a record 14 teams attended.
The chairman also thanked FIFA for granting CECAFA a high profile seminar on Communications held in Tanzania in February where all the Chairmen and Communications Directors of the regional FA’s attended.
The members contributed positively to the discussions and noted that CECAFA needed to critically look into the hosting of its competitions in order to cut costs, re-brand CECAFA and enhance its marketing opportunities. The members also reiterated their commitment to CAF and FIFA ideals.
After a three hour fruitful discussion at which the members committed to strengthen CECAFA and retain its status as the most active zone in Africa resolved that:
-CEFAFA Cancel the 2014 Senior Challenge Cup and strategise for 2015 event.
-CECAFA to look into a new format and structure for its competitions in order to cut costs and make its competitions more vibrant and appealing.
-CECAFA reiterated once again their solidarity with CAF and its President Isa Hayatou on the decisions made regarding AFCON 2015.
-CECAFA again reiterated their decision to support FIFA President Sepp Blatter during the 2015 elections
-CECAFA chairmen unanimosuly endorsed Tenga as sole candidate from the region to retain his position in the CAF executive Committee during the elections in Cairo next year. The chairmen also pledged to seek support for Tenga across the continent because they had full confidence in his leadership.
Tenga thanked the regional leaders for their commitment and fruitful deliberations.