Kazura resigns as Ferwafa boss

Rwanda Football Federation, Ferwafa president Brigadier General Jean Bosco Kazura has resigned from his position. Kazura who talked to Times Sport yesterday said, “I have resigned due to personal reasons.” In a letter written to all members who constitute the country’s football body, Ferwafa, Kazura said, “I am so thankful for your efforts in all that have been achieved during the years that I have guided Ferwafa as well as your kind support  in the development of football in Rwanda,”
RESIGNED: Brig. Gen. Jean Bosco Kazura. The New Times / File photo
RESIGNED: Brig. Gen. Jean Bosco Kazura. The New Times / File photo

Rwanda Football Federation, Ferwafa president Brigadier General Jean Bosco Kazura has resigned from his position. Kazura who talked to Times Sport yesterday said, “I have resigned due to personal reasons.”

In a letter written to all members who constitute the country’s football body, Ferwafa, Kazura said, “I am so thankful for your efforts in all that have been achieved during the years that I have guided Ferwafa as well as your kind support  in the development of football in Rwanda,”

Kazura whose second term was due to end in 2013 has been at the helm of the football body since 2006 when he succeeded Lt. Gen. Caesar Kayizari after being voted overwhelmingly with a 100 percent of the valid vote.

During his reign, Kazura enabled Rwanda to host the Africa U-20 Youth Championship in 2009 which the junior wasps failured to progress past the group stage.

However, the manner in which this tournament was organised was surprisingly very professional and as a reward the continental body, CAF gave the country rights to host 2011 Africa U-17 youth Championship and 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN).

Rwanda finished runner-up to Burkina Faso in the Africa U-17 championship held in Kigali January this year. Alongside Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Congo Brazzaville, Rwanda led Africa’s quest for silverware in the Fifa U-17 World Cup finals held in Mexico.

The junior wasps lost twice against England and Uruguay before managing a draw against Canada in the group stage. His reign has also seen him introduce women football with a competitive national women league.

He also negotiated football development cooperation partnerships with the English FA and Germany football body; DFB which have technical assistance in as far as developing the football in Rwanda is concerned.

His tenure has seen Amavubi fail to qualify for four Nations Cup finals in 2006 (Egypt), 2008 (Ghana), 2010 (Angola) and 2012 (Equatorial Guinea/Gabon).

His resignation comes fast on the heels of the resignation of Amavubi head coach Sellas Tetteh, who threw in then towwl after Rwanda suffered their heaviest defeat at home in a 5-0 loss to Cote d’Ivoire in a recent African Cup of Nations qualifier.

The Ghanaian Under-20 Fifa World Cup winning coach signed a two-year deal which was to run out next year in June and was given the duty of ensuring the country qualify for the African Cup of Nations, while also guiding the U23 side to the Maputo Games, which he failed to do.

The results left Rwanda struggling bottom of Group H with three points in five matches played. Rwanda faces Benin in the last Group match due to be played away in Porto-Novo on October 8, 2011.

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