- Feb 11, 2006
Leodegar Tenga of the Tanzania Football Federation president is the new Cecafa president after beating his Ethiopian counterpart Ashebir WoldeGiorgis 8-3 at elections held in Dar es Salaam Friday.
Tenga takes over from Uganda's Dennis Obua who stepped down after serving one term.
Sudan FA President Kamal Shaddad who had presented himself for the presidency wrote from Khartoum on Thursday withdrawing from the race.
He said he would continue supporting Cecafa's activities, with the single intention of seeing our football grow.'
Somalia FA Secretary General Abdighani Said Arab led the race for the executive seats with 10 votes followed Uganda's Justus Mugisha with eight and Lydia Nsekera (Burundi) and Fadoul Hussein of Eritrea with seven each.
Kenya Football Federation (KFF) chairman Hatimy Mohamed lost his bid for an executive seat after garnering three points.
The president will serve for four years while the deputy and the other committee members will serve for two years each.
Tenga nominated Fadoul his deputy, All the four are very capable but Fadoul is most experienced and there is a need to spread leadership across the region for unity purposes.'
Tenga hailed Sudan for qualifying for next year's African Cup of Nations finals. He said it was important that more teams qualify in future.
He said the region has the resources and talent to do well at both national and club levels. "We need to work more closely to nurture these talents and resources to achieve what we want,' he added.
He said the Challenge Cup was the showcase of the region's football and hailed the secretariat for getting the GTV sponsorship, which he said, would go a long way in lifting the game in the region. GTV are sponsoring the senior Challenge Cup to the tune of US
Meanwhile, Kenya has been awarded the right to host the 2009 Senior Challenge cup with Zanzibar as standby while Burundi will host the Club Cup with Eritrea as standby.
Sudan FA through secretary general Magdi Shams confirmed that they would host nest year's Club Cup between March and June to give way to CAF tournaments.
Uganda through FA president Lawrence Mulindwa confirmed that they would host the 2008 Senior Challenge Cup.
Eritrea was awarded next year's U-20 tournament with Tanzania as standby hosts. Zanzibar will look at the possibility of hosting the women's tournament.
Hongera Leodgar Tenga! Zawadi ya watanzania