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Hotly contested Cecafa elections bring in Uganda’s Lawrence Mulindwa

Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye [of Kenya], says it was a healthy exercise with every member state expressing its democratic right and added that Kenya’s Local Organising Committee for the Challenge Cup was doing a fine job.

LAWRENCE Mulindwa of Uganda is the only new member of the Cecafa Executive Committee after hotly contested elections of the organisation in Nairobi on Tuesday morning.

All the four executive member slots were up for election after the expiry of terms of the incumbents, three of whom sought re-election. Sehalu Gebremariam of Ethiopia, the former Ethiopia Football Association President did not seek to retain the Vice-chairmanship of Cecafa but he attended the congress meeting.


The Presidency of Cecafa was not due for election and Leodegar Tenga of Tanzania will continue on the post until expiry of term in 2015.

Therefore, six candidates were nominated for election in which the top four with most votes would join Tenga on the Cecafa Board — together with the non-elective Secretary General whose long time holder is Kenya’s Nicholas Musonye.

Top four went through

At a later date, the Executive committee will pick among themselves who to become the vice-chairman. Mulindwa, who topped the vote by being elected by all the 12 member nations, is favourite to take over from Gebremariam.

All the other serving members of the Executive Committee were returned to office.  The lowest two scorers in the vote were Ally Chabor Kor of South Sudan and Sam Nyamweya of Kenya.

Behind-the-scene lobbying across the region and then when delegates arrived in Nairobi was intense.

Democratic process

But the secretary general, Nicholas Musonye [of Kenya], said it was a healthy exercise with every member state expressing its democratic right.

“This time round we are very happy with the superb welcome of the Local [Football Kenya Federation’s] Organising committee.

“All signs are that we are going to have a superb Challenge Cup tournament, watched by millions of Kenyans at different venues across the country. As a Kenyan myself, I congratulate the LOC and urge them to continue according the Cecafa visitors the renowned Kenyan hospitality.”

The vote at the 2013 Cecafa Congress, 26-11-2013 in Nairobi:

  1. Lawrence MULINDWA [Uganda], 12 votes
  2. Tariq ATTA [Sudan] 11
  3. Abdul Qani SAID ARAB [Somalia] 9
  4. Raoul GISANURA [Rwanda] 8


5. Ally Chabor KOR [South Sudan] 5

6. Sam NYAMWEYA [Kenya] 4


Cecafa Executive Committee 2013

Chairman: Leodegar TENGA (Tanzania)

Lawrence MULINDWA [Uganda] – replaces Sehalu GEBREMARIAM [Ethiopia]

Member: Tareq ATTA [Sudan]

Member: Said Arab ABDULQANI [Somalia]

Member: Raoul GISANURA [Rwanda]

Secretary General ((non-elective): Nicholas MUSONYE [Kenya]


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The 2013 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup will be officially launched in Nairobi on Friday. The tournament draw will be conducted then with a title sponsor due to be unveiled during the breakfast function where ambassadors of nations taking part are lined up to be present. According to the regional football governing body Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye, all preliminary games will be played in Nairobi and Machakos. “For easier management and planning, other towns, Kisumu, Mombasa and Mumias will host some knockout matches,” Musonye disclosed on Tuesday. “We had expressed our reservation about the readiness of Kisumu but with the decision to have the preliminary matches in Nairobi, the lakeside town have more time to prepare,” the official added. Cecafa technical committee officials arrive in the country on Thursday to tour the venues and make a final submission on their fitness to host the competition that runs from November 27 to December 12. Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Sam Nyamweya told the organisers that the artificial turf has already been taken to Kisumu and work to lay it will commence before the end of the week. “The government approved the Sh3.6 million for the clearing for the turf. We have also agreed with the Kisumu County Government to clear the huge pile of garbage adjacent to the stadium,” the FKF boss added. The countries that have confirmed participation alongside the hosts are defending champions Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Sudan, Zanzibar, Eritrea and Zambi ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
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