CECAFA tourneys need to be rotated in the region – Gecheo
The new Executive Director of the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA), Auka Gecheo has said that there is need to rotate the tournaments more in the region.
In his recent interview in Kenya, Gecheo made it clear that rotating the CECAFA tournaments more will compel members to build on their infrastructures like good stadia, good training pitches and proper hotels to accommodate players.
Gecheo, a former regional manager took over long serving Nicholas Musonye in March this year. However, since he came to office the region has not been able to organize event one competition because the calendar has been interrupted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
He made it clear that COVID-19 has disrupted the CECAFA Calendar and added that the earliest a tournament can take place in the region is November or December.
Gecheo also made it clear that it will be important to harmonise the activities of member Associations because failure to do so usually compromises the quality of competitions. He cited an example of the Cecafa Kagame Cup being played when Tanzanian League is still ongoing where Simba and Young Africans say it’s their priority and not playing in the regional competition.
The Cecafa Board under the leadership of Wallace Karia had set nine tournaments to take place in 2020. Besides Tanzania which will host the CECAFA Kagame Club Championships, Rwanda and Sudan were meant to host the Zonal qualifiers for the AFCON U-17 and U-20 respectively.
Djibouti for the first time was to host the CECAFA U-16 Boys Challenge Cup, while Burundi was ready to host the CECAFA U-20 Challenge Cup and the CECAFA U-17 Women’s Challenge Cup.
Uganda was to host the inaugural CECAFA U-20 Women’s Challenge Cup, while Rwanda was meant to host the CECAFA Women’s Challenge Cup.