ADDIS ABABA, November 20 – Dr. Mutasim Jaffer from Sudan has been elected the new Cecafa President for a period of four years replacing Leodegar Tenga.
Mutasim garnered six votes out of the ten cast beating his closest opponent Lawrence Mulindwa from Uganda who garnered three votes and Rwanda’s Vincent Nzamwita who got one vote whereas Ethiopia’s Junedin Basha withdrew from the race at the last minute.
In his speech, outgoing president Tenga welcomed the new Cecafa president terming him a visionary man who was capable of leading the region to greater heights.
“I am happy am handing over to a man with integrity and the love for football. We want to see Cecafa grow in the next few years and be aligned to new Fifa development programmes that will help improve the standards of the game in the region.
“I am happy I have given my best in the last eight years as President but am always available for any advisory roles in the future,” Tenga said.
Speaking to superport.com the new Cecafa President alluded to the fact that he was up to the task and was hoping to improve the regions standings in World football.
“This elections has no winners or losers I believe we are one family and I want to quickly embark on a road map that will change the entire Cecafa region by embracing football development and helping to bring sponsorship in all the competitions from our under 17 going up to the senior level.
“We want to put up defined roles of every member to ensure we are on the same page as we seek to join grow.”
“I have been successful in Sudan and I want the same concept to be the pointer at Cecafa by ensuring we have capacity for both technical and tactical operations to help bring back sanity.
We are not happy with the region’s performance in the just ended 2018 World Cup qualifiers where only one team from the region qualified but I promise we will make amends and seek ways of improving in our general performance as we tackle the problems that have led to the poor performances,” Mutassim said.