Incumbent President of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (Cecafa) Leodegar Tenga successfully retained his post unopposed for the second four-year term in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
Tenga’s opponent Fadoul Hussein, the chairman of Djibouti Football Association, was a no show during yesterday’s election to open a wide room for the incumbent to sail through without sweating.
A Cecafa delegate from Uganda raised a proposal for Tenga to pass unopposed for the presidential post of the council.
The Ugandan delegate’s proposition received an overwhelming support from delegates of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Zanzibar, Ethiopia, Burundi and Eritrea.
Ten out of eleven Cecafa member states attended the annual general assembly hosted by the New Africa Hotel.
Delegates also voted for four members of the executive committee as eight people contested for the posts.
During the first round of voting, the following earned votes Abdiqani Saeed Arab of Somalia (8), Tariq Atta Salih (Sudan) (8) and Rwandan Raoul Gisanura (8).
Others were Sahilu Wolde (Ethiopia (4), Justus Mugisha (Uganda (4), Tesfaye Gebreyesus (Eritrea (4), Hafidh Ali Tahir (Zanzibar (2) and Burundi’s Abubakar Nkejimana (3).
Ethiopia’s Wolde successfully won the executive membership post after winning five votes to edge out Mugisha who got four votes as Gebreyesus salvaged two votes.
According to Cecafa constitution, the president will be in power for four-year term while the members of the executive committee have two-year term in office.
Tenga, who also dons the Tanzania Football Federation’s presidential post, was first voted into Cecafa leadership corridors in 2007.
He replaced the late Ugandan football legend Dennis Obua who passed away last year.
The TFF president becomes the first Tanzanian to hold the post for two back to back terms since the regional football body was established.