KAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 18 – Long serving CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye is set to step down from the post after almost 20 years in charge as he looks to take the jump into politics with his eyes set on the Kakamega Gubernatorial seat.
Musonye made the announcement during the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) General Assembly held at a Kampala hotel on Wednesday evening.
“I have done my bit for 20 years and I don’t think I can continue for one or two more years. I am going to work with the new team for proper transition we have new statutes and new board members and we need to work as a team and ensure we have a smooth transition,” Musonye told Capital Sports.
Musonye, a revered Sports Journalist in his days has risen through the ranks of regional football to hold the most powerful docket in CECAFA.
CECAFA have inaugurated new statutes which will see the Secretary General’s post scrapped and instead replaced by a new post of Director General who will be an appointee of the Executive Committee.
Sources intimate that the seat will be filled by a Kenyan.
Musonye says he leaves with his head high having helped sustained CECAFA even in the midst of tough times.
“I am very happy. Who else can organize this kind of competitions? Only under me; the only one in Africa. I want the new people to do the same and make CECAFA what it is, we need competitions because without competitions CECAFA is dead,” he stated.
Musonye says he will still be in office for the next two months or so as they re-organize the secretariat, including appointing his successor who will now be referred as a Director General.
“We shall invite applications and we will vet them then the new board will decide. We will meet in the next one or two months so that we set everything in order,” he stated.
Capital Sport has learnt that the Executive Board will also decide on where the CECAFA Secretariat will be situated with Nairobi and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia being floated.
Meanwhile, Tanzania FA boss Wallace Karia has been elected as the new CECAFA president for a four year term. Karia will be deputized by South Sudan’s Francis Amin and Ethiopia’s Esayas Jiro as the first and second vice presidents respectively.
The three were elected unopposed in what sources say was a ‘gentleman’s agreement’. CECAFA members who are part of the CAF EXCO, Moses Magogo of Uganda, Hassan Waberi (Djibouti) and Said Abdigani (Somalia) were barred from contesting.
“I am thankful that we have been given the chance to serve. I want to congratulate the team that has been there for the last four years and the work they have put in. We will pick up from where they have left and look to do more over the next term of office,” Karia stated.
He added; “Our biggest aim is to ensure that the region improves and we are no longer bottom of the pecking order. We should have a team from the region playing at the World Cup, whether men or women at whatever level; junior or senior.”
At the same time, the Executive Committee made the decision to award the hosting rights for the next Senior Challenge Cup to Sudan who will also host the qualifiers for the Under-20 African Cup of Nations.
Tanzania will host the Kagame Cup, Rwanda will jost the women’s Senior Challenge and the Under-17 AFCON qualifiers, Uganda host the women’s Under-20 while Burundi will host the women’s Under-17 which will be in its second edition.
Kenya was represented at the General Assembly by Football Kenya Federation vice president Doris Petra who is also a CECAFA EXCO member and National Executive Committee member Timothy Nabea.