Out goes Musonye, in comes Gecheo at Cecafa

Supersport East Africa GM Auka Gacheo addressing the media during DSTV/SuperSport cup sponsorship announcement on 9-2-2015 in Nairobi. The Gor vs Sofapaka match will be played on 11th Feb. at Nyayo Stadium.PHOTO.DENNIS OKEYO

Former East Africa SuperSport boss Auka Gecheo is the new Executive Director of Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa).

Gecheo, was officially unveiled yesterday in Dar es Salaam-Tanzania, replacing Nicholas Musonye, who stepped down after serving as the regional football body’s Secretary-General for two decades.

The former sports journalist turned-football administrator, who has set his sights on the 2022 Kakamega gubernatorial seat, backed Gecheo to push the regional body to the next level.

“Cecafa have officially appointed Auka Gecheo as their new Executive Director. “I’m now a free man and ready to face the other challenges in life,” Musonye told Standard Sports on phone from Dar es Salaam.

“Gecheo has been in football for long and he’s not a stranger to Cecafa. As far as I’m concerned, Cecafa have made the right decision. He’s a resourceful young man and everybody is happy and comfortable with his appointment. I’m confident he will take Cecafa to the next level.”

CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye during the launch of 39th Edition of the annual CECAFA Cup at Goal Project in Kasarani on Nov 8, 2017. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

The Kenyan joins the Wallace Karia-led office that was elected during the Cecafa Annual Congress on the eve of last year’s Senior Challenge Cup final, in Kampala, Uganda.

Other elected officials include South Sudan’s Amin Francis and Eritrea’s Esayas Abraha who are serving as Karia’s deputies, while Jira Isayaa (Ethiopia) and Ssekamana Jean (Rwanda) are board members.