Tenga wins CAF post

The president of Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Leodegar Tenga

The president of Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Leodegar Tenga has secured an executive membership of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the end of the body’s general assembly held in Khartoum yesterday.

TFF’s information officer Boniface Wambura confirmed Tenga’s appointment after edging Rwanda’s Celestine Musabiyima.

Tenga, who also dons as the Council of East and Central African Football Associations, CECAFA, scooped 34 votes against 19.

He becomes the second Tanzanian to visit CAF executive membership corridors after Said Hamad El Maamry.

El Maamry is currently CAF’s honorary delegate.

Zambian football legend Kalusha Bwalya has also joined the CAF ranks to represent the Southern African zone defeating Swaziland’s Adam Mthethwa, Walter Nyamilandu (Malawi), John Muinjo (Namibia) and Angolan Justino Fernandes.

Ghanaian Kwesi Nyantakyi has won membership representation for West African region.

Meanwhile, Danny Jordaan, the man responsible for organising a successful World Cup in South Africa, was handed a humbling defeat yesterday in his bid for a place on the FIFA executive committee.

Jordaan was hoping to follow in the footsteps of Michel Platini and Franz Beckenbauer, former World Cup organisers who have moved to the top seats in football politics, but garnered less than 10 per cent of the vote at the Confederation of African Football’s congress in Sudan.

Mohamed Raouraoua of Algeria finished first in a hotly contested race for two African places on the all-powerful cabinet of world football with 39 votes and becomes the newest member of the 24-man FIFA committee.

The president of the Algerian Football Federation received 39 votes while Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast retained his seat with 35 votes, earning another four-year term.

Jordaan, who received widespread praise for his organising of the 2010 World Cup, received just 10 votes. Each of CAF’s 53 member countries voted twice.

Jordaan finished behind Suketu Patel of the Seychelles, who received 12 votes but ahead of Nigerian Ibrahim Galadima, who received just five. Kalusha Bwalya of Zambia withdrew from the race in a tactical move that saw him voted instead onto the CAF executive committee, which runs the African game.

The 64-year-old Raouraoua has had two separate terms at the head of Algerian football and has also revived a regional body for north Africa.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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