25 November 2012

Africa: CAF's Hayatou Blames Cecafa Region On Afcon

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Mr. Issa Hayatou has put the blame on CECAFA region members for failure to bid for hosting big tournaments like nations Cup and other tournaments under the CAF jurisdiction.

Unlike Rwanda a CECAFA member country who has hosted CAF U-17, U-20 and have also placed a bid to host AFCON, no other CECAFA member has ever asked to host the nation's cup yet they (CAF) leadership has no problem with which nation to host tournaments and does not designate the host nation.

"We do not designate the host nation. Members (nations) have to ask by placing their bids then CAF sends out the scouts to the bidding nations to see whether they suit the standards. But we don't just choose the host nation," Hayatou said. "I encourage the region (CECAFA) to place their bids," he concluded.

He was in Kampala to open the Council for East and Central Africa congress held at Imperial Royale Hotel on Friday. The Congress preceded the CECAFA tournament that is hosted in Uganda from 24 of November running until December 8th.

Hayatou steered away from the forth coming CAF campaign and instead concentrated on issues that streamline football development in Uganda, CECAFA and Africa at large.

Hayatou thanked the CECAFA region for the unity they have showed over the years and the efforts put in the game.

"As CECAFA you have done something developing football but you should even do more. So put in more efforts taking football to the next levels," he urged.

Hayatou, who was a guest at the assembly together with the Uganda sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi was impressed by the unity in the region and their being able to hold tournaments, which other regions were not doing. He promised CAF support to the region in seeing that they continue with their football development programme.

The meeting, that was held in camera, was attended by all the 10 member countries including Zanzibar, who are recognized as a nation in the regional tourney.

Hosts Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi were the other countries that attended the event, while Djibouti, who is having restructuring in their federation, did not attend the congress.

CECAFA president Leodgar Tenga thanked the member federations for working hard in seeing that the regional activities become relevant.

Ugandas FA boss Lawrence Mulindwa welcomed his guests- the delegates in Kampala. He thanked CAF's Hayatou for engaging the region on football issues and said Uganda football will not be the same after Hayatou's visit.

"As Fufa and CECAFA we are very grateful that we had CAF president amidst us. This shows haw Fufa is committed to bringing together football stakeholders from the ranks of CAF, FIFA and the locals," Mulindwa said. Calling on the fans to rally their support for the national team-Cranes in the CECAFA tournament, Mulindwa said, "Hayatou has now known the issues at hand on ground in Uganda and how they have been tackled. Uganda will never be the same," he promised..

CAF president has promised to attend some the CECAFA matches during his stay in Uganda.

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