Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye has yet again warned of a simmering plot to unseat him unconstitutionally, saying this could be a recipe for chaos in the regional body.
The veteran football administrator made the remarks in the wake of a meeting between selected federation presidents from the 12-member region in Kampala on Wednesday, a gathering in which he wasn’t invited to.
Musonye thus insists this meeting wasn’t assembled in good faith.
“People are always free to meet, but it is important to cultivate the culture of order and discipline. Cecafa is an institution and I am not against change. I don’t want chaos in Cecafa and I understand they already have my replacement. If they are fed up of me, they should remove me as per the guidelines,” Musonye said.
The Kampala meeting was attended by host FA president Moses Magogo (Uganda), alongside his colleagues, Nick Mwendwa (Kenya), Ravia Faina (Zanzibar), Juneidi Tilimo (Ethiopia), Vincent Nzamwita (Rwanda), Ndikunyo Reverien (Burundi) and Jamal Malinzi (Tanzania).
Federation presidents of South Sudan, Sudan and Djibouti missed the meeting but conveyed their apologies.
The meeting reportedly came up with a nine point plan including convening a Cecafa Congress as soon as possible, ensuring the Cecafa regions gets permanent headquarters, and placing emphasis in youth teams and beach competitions.
This latest face-off comes in the wake of increasing discontent between members associations in the institution, which reportedly led to cancellation of two Cecafa senior tournaments last year, despite significant interest from sponsors.
Cecafa member associations also publicly disagreed on whom to vote for during the Caf elections earlier this year, with a chunk of them, including Mwendwa, casting their votes for Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad who unseated the long serving Cameroonian Issa Hayatou.