The Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) president, Issa Hayatou, has strongly urged close cooperation between all CECAFA members and their Government in an effort to raise standard of football in the region.
Hayatou, who presided the CECAFA general assembly held here on Friday ahead of the championship opener the next day, said the only way forward is to involve Government in all football plans so as to spear head its promotion.
Hayatou, who seeks re-election in CAF's next year elections, said the CECAFA members should iron out all misunderstandings so as to keep football far from crisis.
"There is no breakthrough without Government involvement in all of the football plans. You simply can not plan and execute any project," said Hayatou.
The CAF president said he has been highly impressed by the standard of football attained by the CECAFA member countries who are free from bickering with each other.
Hayatou has congratulated Ethiopia which has successfully won the African Nations Cup berth to compete in South Africa early next year.
The CECAFA secretariat has expressed its support to Hayatou in his re-election bid during the polls to be held in Morocco in March.
Meanwhile, Rwanda and Kenya have applied to host next year’s Challenge Cup championship.
However, so far the CECAFA secretariat has not made any decision with regard to the next year’s host of the Challenge Cup.
Kenya was to host this year’s championship as agreed in the final session of the CECAFA during the last time when the tourney was hosted by Mainland Tanzania.
While scramble has been on Challenge Cup hosting, CECAFA has not secured a host for the club championship known as Kagame Cup whose holder is Young Africans.
CECAFA president Leodegar Tenga, said his secretariat would unveil the host country after getting confirmation on sponsorship packages and other logistics.
He said the host would be made public during CAF meeting to be held in Morocco in March.
In related development, the Rwanda football federation’s president (FERWAFA), Celestine Ntagungira, said his secretariat is in the final stages to vie for the hosting status.
Ntagungira said he is expecting to travel to Kigali with CECAFA secretary general Nicholas Musonye to sign the hosting pack for Challenge Cup.
Rwanda hosted the tournament for the last time in 2005 while Kenya did it in 2009.