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Uganda calls for resignation of CECAFA president

by Bonnie Mugabe
8:21 am

The CECAFA president Sirelkhatim Mutasim Gafaar (centre) addressing media after September’s executive committee meeting

In bid to revamp the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations, the Federation of Ugandan Football Association (FUFA) has called for resignation of its current president Sirelkhatim Mutasim Gafaar.

FUFA expressed their request in a letter addressed to CECAFA General Secretary Nicholas Musonye dated October 30th, 2017.

Uganda’s football governing body alleges that Mutasim, who was up to last week the president of the Sudan Football Association, “does not have time” for the regional football body.

The letter signed by president Eng. Moses Magogo reads, “Our opinion as a member of CECAFA is that the president of CECAFA should resign his position having failed to conduct any business over two years,”

The governance challenges highlighted has seen CECAFA not hosting the Senior Challenge Cup since Ethiopia’s 2015 edition which Uganda bagged, Kagame Cup, which Tanzania hosted and was won by home side Azam FC.

This as other regional bodies like WAFU (for West Africa) and COSAFA (for Southern Africa) have sprung back to life and are regularly hosting their prime competitions.

FUFA wants CECAFA to stage comprehensive elections covering all positions including that of the president to help settle the body’s leadership inadequacies.

“This is therefore to kindly and officially ask the General Secretary to raise this matter for discussion at the next General Assembly.”

The CECAFA’s last Executive Committee Meeting in Sudan passed new statutes and also chose Kenya to host this year’s Senior Challenge, Rwanda was handed the rights to stage the women’s equivalence while Burundi will host the U17’s competition.

According to the Sudan meeting, these tournaments have to be played before the end of this year.

Meanwhile, over the weekend, Mutasim was replaced by Kamal Shaddad, a two-time CAF Executive Committee Member, in the Sudan Football Association’s elections, hence putting an end to Mutasim’s turbulent reign.

Mutasim was elected the CECAFA President in 2015, taking over from Tanzanian Leodegar Tenga who stepped down after two terms of four years each in office.