Cecafa tickles

The national football governing body, Ferwafa has received nomination forms for the Cecafa presidency, Times Sport has learnt.
MEN AT THE HELM :Ferwafa boss Brig. Gen. John Bosco Kazura (left) sharing alight moment with Fufa’s Lawrence Mulindwa. The federation presidents have tipped to lead Cecafa.
MEN AT THE HELM :Ferwafa boss Brig. Gen. John Bosco Kazura (left) sharing alight moment with Fufa’s Lawrence Mulindwa. The federation presidents have tipped to lead Cecafa.

The national football governing body, Ferwafa has received nomination forms for the Cecafa presidency, Times Sport has learnt.

An internal source in the local football body that preferred anonymity told Times Sport, the same day the forms which were dispatched by the regional body for the Cecafa presidency reached at the federation offices.

“The nomination forms arrived recently but I can’t give any information since my bosses (Ferwafa president and Chief Executive Officer) are not in the country.

You better wait for their comments when they return in the country,” this source said.

The battle for Cecafa presidency started with the secretariat of the regional body dispatching nomination forms to member associations to nominate their preferred candidate and make returns by October 30.

Cecafa Secretary General, Nicholaas Musonye is assured of another four year term as his post is by appointment.

Only the post of chairman (president) will be contested, with the elected person appointing his vice among four executive committee members elected by the congress.

With former Fufa president Denis Obua indicating he would not seek re-election, the region’s top seat might elude Uganda, as Obua’s successor at the helm of Ugandan football; Lawrence Mulindwa has also stated he would also not vie for the post.

Other Federation Associations presidents in line to take up the post include Ferwafa boss, Brig. Gen. John Bosco Kazura and Burundi FA boss Lydia Nsekera.

Past Cecafa leaders include Uganda’s Kezekiah Musisi and Farah Addo of Somalia who served until 2003 when he handed over the baton to Obua.

The congress will take place in Dar es Salaam prior to the senior challenge cup due on December 8-22 at Tanzania’s new artificial turfed stadium.

Obua was also elected as the Cecafa President in 2003 after Ex-Ethiopian Football Federation President (EFF), Dr. Ashebir Woldegiorgis served as the interim president of the association since 1998 following the resignation of Somalia’s Farah Addo.

Addo was stripped off the Cecafa presidency by Fifa after accusing Sepp Blatter of offering him bribes during the 1998 Fifa presidential elections.

The national football governing body, Ferwafa is still undecided on the race for the Confederation of East and Central African Football Association (Cecafa) presidency.

The Ferwafa Chief Executive Officer, Jules Kalisa told Times Sport that though the regional body is set to hold elections late this year, the national football federation has not yet held any firm decisions for the race of posts at the regional body.

“We have not yet decided on the Cecafa presidency but still it would still be good for Ferwafa boss (Brig. Gen. John Bosco Kazura) to go for it,” Kalisa said. Kalisa added that Ferwafa is yet to decide on the Cecafa presidency, if they are nominating Kazura for the post or pulling out of the race soon.

The Council for East and Central African Football Associations goes to the polls next December in Tanzania. This will be shortly before the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup that is set to start on December 27.

With Obua’s term over and having no constituency to stand again, the onus is remaining on favourite sports personalities in the region, Nsekera and Kazura.

Mulindwa ruled out his interest saying that he still has much to do at the country level but only opted to ensure a good administration at the top.

The regional football federations supported Obua at the helm till his term which is due to end this year and they are expected to find the potential of a new leader to take up the Cecafa forward.
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