KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
The Council for East and Central Africa Football
Associations (CECAFA) has announced that the world football
governing body, FIFA will sponsor four of their tournaments this
the CECAFA Secretary General told Xinhua on Wednesday that the
development comes after they lobbied through the Confederation
of African Football (CAF).
“We are happy that
the region will have several tournaments played this year with
support from FIFA,” Musonye told Xinhua. He said FIFA has agreed
to fully sponsor the U-17 and CECAFA Women’s Challenge Cup that
will take place in Burundi and Rwanda respectively in April.
He also made it
clear that FIFA will finance the Beach Soccer and Women U-20
Championships that will all take place in Uganda in September.
“We are optimistic that with FIFA’s support we shall have even
better organized and competitive tournaments,” added Musonye.
During his campaign
to become FIFA president, Gianni Infantino mentioned that he
would give every regional body like CECAFA and Cosafa 1 million
USD (6.2 million CNY) for development purposes. Last year the
CECAFA region did not get support from FIFA.
Musonye said since
the region has been struggling to find sponsorship to stage some
of these tournaments, FIFA’s support will be a very big boost.
He said besides the tournaments that will be supported by FIFA,
the regional body is also working hard to make sure the CECAFA
Senior Challenge Cup and the Kagame Club Championships also get
FIFA World Cup trophy to tour