CECAFA Chief: Low Turn Up Worrying

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But to his surprise only a few fans showed up at the stadium.

The low turn out at the ongoing regional football tournament is worrying, Nicholas Musonye, the secretary general of the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations-CECAFA has said. Since the kick off of the tournament at Namboole stadium over the weekend, the turn up has been very poor. Musonye says that he is shocked by what he is seeing because he always thought Uganda was a football loving country. According to Musonye, he expected Namboole stadium to be packed to capacity during the Cranes encounter with their Kenyan arch rival Harambe stars on Saturday last week.

But to his surprise only a few fans showed up at the stadium. Musonye who is responsible for soliciting sponsors for tournaments in the region, says that it is high time the Federation of Uganda Football Associations-FUFA and government devise means of getting back people to watch football and the local and internation level. He stressed that there is a difference in playing football in a packed stadium and an empty one. In another development, Issa Hayatou, the President of the Confederation of African Football has advised countries in East Africa to start bidding to host Afcon.

He said there is no way CAF will push countries in the region to host Afcon unless they show interest. Kenya and Uganda have already indicated that they will try to bid to host Africa’s biggest football showpiece.  Hayatou explained that any bid from any nation from the Cecafa region would be proof of the required managerial skills, availability of stadiums, enough hotels and guaranteed security among other things.