By: DAVID KWALIMWA
The poor performances by East African national football teams at the ongoing 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers will be discussed at the annual Cecafa Congress in Addis Ababa Friday morning.
According to Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye, this gathering – consisting at least 10 of the 12 member Football Association chiefs – will also elect the next crop of officials.
Also on the agenda at the summit is the final preps for the Cecafa Senior Challenge that begins in Ethiopia Saturday, as well as the organisation’s activities for the next sporting year.
Uganda is the only country from the Cecafa region which managed to progress to the last phase of the World Cup qualifiers.
The Cranes beat Togo 4-0 on aggregate. The other teams flopped, with Kenya losing to Cape Verde, Tanzania receiving a 9-2 aggregate spanking from Algeria, Ethiopia falling to the Republic of Congo and Burundi also bowing out at the hands of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“These results are not only disappointing but worrying. Some of our member associations need to take football seriously and this begins with our preparations,” Musonye said.
In the meantime, former Uganda FA president Lawrence Mulindwa will lead a pack of three other candidates in challenging incumbent, Tanzania’s Leodgar Tenga for the Cecafa presidency.
Mulindwa told media he will aim to introduce new regional events like beach soccer, youth and women football among others, if elected.
Ethiopia FA president Tilmo Juneidi, alongside his Rwandan Sudan counterparts Nzamwaita Vincent and Sirelkhatim Mutasim respectively, are also gunning for the top seat.
Hosts Ethiopia will play Rwanda tomorrow in the opening game of this year’s edition of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup. Burundi will lock horns with Zanzibar in the other group fixture.
Defending champions Kenya will play Uganda Cranes on Sunday in what is expected to be a thrilling contest.
Burundi v Zanzibar Group A
Ethiopia v Rwanda Group B
SOURCE: DAILY NATION