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Governments must support football in Africa – Musonye

The Secretary General of the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) has called on African governments to support football.

Musonye has made it clear that because football is a big brand that also unites people in a particular country, it is important that governments learn to invest more into it.

The Cecafa Secretary General thanked the governments in the Cecafa region for the continued support of football in their countries, but added that more support is needed.

He also called upon the Football leaders in the region not to detach themselves from the governments.

“It is also the responsibility of the African Football Federations to cultivate good working relationships with governments. Any Federation in a good relationship with the government stands to benefit a lot,” added Musonye.

He reasoned that governments have more financial muscle to support football and also own most of the sporting facilities in the countries.

Musonye thanked the governments of Rwanda, Eritrea and Uganda who have worked hard to make sure three tournaments take place this year. Rwanda hosted the Cecafa Kagame Club Championship, while the Cecafa U-15 Challenge Cup and the Cecafa U-20 Challenge Cup took place in Eritrea and Uganda respectively.

The Cecafa Women’s Championship is expected to take place in Tanzania next months, while the Cecafa U-17 Girls Championship and the Senior Challenge Cup will crown the season in Uganda in December.

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