CECAFA sets sight on youth, women soccer promotion

06Jan 2016
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CECAFA sets sight on youth, women soccer promotion

THE Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) on Monday unveiled its five-year strategic plan that will put emphasis on youth, women football and technical development.

East and Central Africa Football Associations

The council has, as well, announced that it will stage four competitions this year and overhaul its statutes to ensure there are discipline at all levels within the 12 member associations.
The CECAFA executive committee meeting also nominated Somali’s Abdigani Arab Said as the vice chairman and Leodegar Tenga – the immediate CECAFA chairman - as an honorary chairman.
The new executive committee was inaugurated in Khartoum on Monday in a ceremony witnessed by Sudan Minister for Sports and Youth, several top government officials and the chairman of Saudi Arabia FA, Ahmed Alharbi.
In a communiqué issued by CECAFA secretary general Nicholas Musonye from Khartoum, CECAFA will develop a master plan to ensure youth and women football are fully integrated in all of the body’s activities starting this year.
CECAFA will also organize four technical courses this year.
The council confirmed that Uganda will stage the East Africa U17 and women championship this year, while Burundi will stage the U20 tournament.
The body said the East and Central Africa Club Championship, Kagame Cup, will be held in Zanzibar and the Senior Challenge Cup will take place in Sudan.
The new executive committee, headed by CECAFA chairman Mutasim Gafar of Sudan, will also sign a memorandum of understanding with the Saudi Arabia FA for an exchange program on matters involving youth football.
The council, moreover, noted that its current statutes and regulations had served the body well but, with the changing environment, the statutes have to be overhauled to bring in dynamism and deal with indiscipline appropriately.
CECAFA boss Mutasim pledged to revamp the body and ensure it competes with the rest of the zones in Africa on equal footing.
Musonye also visited North Gordofan State in Sudan last weekend as a guest of the State Governor and launched the Sudan youth competition in El Obeid City, 600 miles north of Khartoum.
The Governor of North Gordofan, Ahmed Haruna, pledged to host a CECAFA competition at the newly renovated stadium.
Haruna said CECAFA was the backbone of football in the region as he hosted the CECAFA Kagame Cup when he was the governor of the neighbouring South Gordofan State in Kagugli City in 2013.
Musonye commended the government and the people of the Sudan for their commitment and support to CECAFA over the years.