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Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations
Conseil des Associations de Football d'Afrique de l'Est et Centrale
مؤتمر جمعيات شرق ووسط أفريقيا لكرة القدم
The official logo for the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations.
  Non-UAFA members
  UAFA members
Formation 1926 (unofficial)
1973 (official)
Type Sports organization
Headquarters Nairobi, Kenya
Region served
Eastern Africa
Official language
English, French
Secretary General
Kenya Nicholas Musonye
Affiliations CAF, FIFA
Website www.cecafafootball.org

The Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (French: Conseil des Associations de Football d'Afrique de l'Est et Centrale, Arabic: مؤتمر جمعيات شرق ووسط أفريقيا لكرة القدم‎; officially abbreviated as CECAFA) is an association of the football playing nations in East and Central Africa. An affiliate of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), it is the oldest sub-regional football organisation on the continent.


CECAFA was founded unofficially in 1927. The competition was sponsored by the major Nairobi-based soap-manufacturing firm Gossage, owned by the British Lever Brothers. Its formation is often misattributed to William Gossage, founder of the Gossage company. However, he died 50 years before the CECAFA was established.[1]

The tournament was known as the "Gossage Cup" until the mid-sixties, when it was redubbed the "East African Challenge Cup".

CECAFA's head offices are in Nairobi, Kenya. The first tournament was contested between Kenya and Uganda, which saw the Kenyan squad win the two legs 3-1 on aggregate.

Broadcasting rights

In 2007, television rights for the tournament were sold to GTV.[2] Since 2009, broadcasting of CECAFA competitions has been taken over by SuperSport.[3][4]


Current members

All associations that joined in 1973 were founding members of CECAFA. Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) members are marked.

Country Year Governing body UAFA
 Burundi 1998 Fédération de Football du Burundi No
 Djibouti 1994 Fédération Djiboutienne de Football Yes
 Eritrea 1994[citation needed] Eritrean National Football Federation No
 Ethiopia 1983 Ethiopian Football Federation No
 Kenya 1973 Football Kenya Federation No
 Rwanda 1995 Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association No
 Somalia 1973 Somali Football Federation Yes
 South Sudan 2012 South Sudan Football Association No
 Sudan 1975 Sudan Football Association Yes
 Tanzania 1973 Tanzania Football Federation No
 Uganda 1973 Federation of Uganda Football Associations No
 Zanzibar 1973 Zanzibar Football Association No

External links

  • Official website


  1. ^ pharmj.com
  2. ^ CECAFA gets a boost from GTV
  3. ^ Patrick Korir (7 December 2009). "SuperSport airing CECAFA from quarters". Futaa.com. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  4. ^ Timothy Olobulu (29 June 2012). "CECAFA to be aired Live by SuperSport". MichezoAfrika.com. Retrieved 21 October 2012.

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