Nicholas Musonye to exit CECAFA soon

Long service CECAFA secretary General Nicholas Musonye will soon stand down after two decades at the helm.

Speaking to Daily Nation the long serving football administrator further explained he plans to pursue a doctorate of philosophy (PhD) course.

He also confirmed his interest in trying his hand in politics.

“I have gathered a lot of experience, exposure and contacts around the world over the past two decades, and would wish to share most of it with my people in Kakamega while serving as their governor. I am certain they will give me the opportunity,” an emotional Musonye said.

“I have friends who have asked me to vie in Nairobi so I will think over it and make an announcement soon.”

The former Nation journalist joined football administration in 2000 when he was appointed Cecafa secretary during the Fifa General Assembly held in Buenos Aires, Argentina

“It’s been twenty years since. A lot has happened.”

“From a shell of a competition and structure, we have worked very hard and managed to organise several high profile competitions including the Senior Challenge Cup and Kagame Cup.

“Our team secured relationships and sponsorships from blue chip companies such as Tusker, MTN, SuperSport, GTV, Serengeti Breweries and of course Azam TV. We also receive one million dollars (about Sh100 million) each year to organise youth and women tournaments, and about half of that to run our secretariat.”

“We groomed Mariga (Mcdonald), Dennis Oliech, Victor Wanyama, Michael Olunga, Dennis Onyango and other talents including half of the current national football team players who competed at the Africa Cup of Nations.”

“I leave Cecafa in good hands and request those who will take over to continue organising tournaments and showcasing talent. Despite the hard work, football standards in this region are among the lowest and we witnessed this during the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. We have club tournaments and the Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda in December and I am urging national teams to register and participate.”

Source: Daily Nation

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