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Uganda calls for resignation of head of regional football body   

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda’s football governing body has called for the resignation of the head of the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) arguing that he has failed to organize tournaments over the last two years.

Moses Magogo, president of Uganda Football Associations told Xinhua in an interview late on Wednesday that Sirelkhatim Mutasim Gafaar, president of CECAFA should step down.

Magogo said he has written a letter to the CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye calling for the resignation of Gaffar in the interest of the game.

“This is to officially express FUFA’s position on the current governance challenge at CECAFA. Gafaar does not have the time for CECAFA and this has affected our aspirations and programs as members,” the letter said.

The regional body last held the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup and the Club Championships in 2015. Last year Kenya, Sudan and Tanzania failed to host CECAFA competitions.

Magogo added that there should be an election of the entire executive of CECAFA.

Gafaar who is a committee member of the Confederation of African Football on Sunday failed to retain his position as president of the Sudan Football Association.

The regional body is expected to have elections for executive members ahead of the start of the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kenya. The competition is expected to run Nov. 25 - Dec. 9.

CECAFA member nations include; Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia and Djibouti.

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EARLIER REPORT:

Uganda’s Olympic star gears up for 2017 Fukuoka Marathon

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Top Ugandan athlete and 2012 Olympic gold medal winner Stephen Kiprotich is all set for the 2017 Fukuoka Marathon slated for Dec. 3 in Japan.

Kiprotich told Xinhua in an interview on Thursday that after pulling out of two marathons, he is ready to compete in Japan.

He said running in Fukuoka will prepare him for the Tokyo marathon early next year and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

“It will be a tough challenge running against last year’s winner Tsegay Yemane from Ethiopia and other runners from Eritrea and Kenya,” the Olympic star said as he headed to his training camp in Kaptagat, in neighboring Kenya.

The Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championship held in Fukuoka, Japan, is an IAAF Gold Label international men’s marathon race established in 1947.

             

 

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