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Cecafa boss Musonye warns ‘coup plotters’ seeking to oust him from office

Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye says he “is aware” of attempts by a group of member federations to instigate a coup against him.

The veteran administrator says he doesn’t know why his colleagues are keen to remove him from the office he has held for the past 15 years.

“Maybe its my face that they don’t like. Ask them. I love football and if I am not in Cecafa, be assured then that I will contest for the FKF Presidency during the next elections,” Musonye said.

Independently, Nairobi News has learnt that Musonye might have fallen out with a clique of federation presidents from the 12 member associations.

The said presidents argue that football in the region is lagging behind compared to West, South and North Africa.

WOMEN CHALLENGE CUP

Other differences between these two camps stem from competing political and economic interests, such as failure to host a number of tournaments in recent times, and the emergence of a rival TV rights deal.

The rival camp is said to be organizing a meeting in Kigali in the next week or so, where it is believed Musonye’s tenure at Cecafa will be discussed in detail.

Meanwhile, Kenya are considered favourites to triumph at the inaugural edition of the Cecafa Women Challenge Cup which gets underway at the Fufa Technical Centre in Jinja on Sunday.

The tournament has attracted seven other nations, including hosts Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burundi and Zanzibar.

The Kenyan team, which is managed by coach David Ouma, will be using the tournament as a dress rehearsal for the 2017 Africa Women Cup of Nations slated for Cameroon in November.