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 mostly East Africa and a bit of Central Africa. An affiliate of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), CECAFA is the oldest sub-regional football organisation on the continent.

CECAFA/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.
CECAFA members
Formation1926 (unofficial)
1973 (official)
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersNairobi, Kenya
Region served
Eastern Africa
Official language
English, French
Secretary General
Kenya Jamal Dahir
AffiliationsCAF, FIFA


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".its consisted of only 12 teams

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.

Member associationsEdit

All associations that joined in 1973 were founding members of CECAFA.

Country Year Governing body
  Burundi 1998 Football Federation of Burundi
  Djibouti* 1994 Djiboutian Football Federation
  Eritrea 1994[citation needed] Eritrean National Football Federation
  Ethiopia 1983 Ethiopian Football Federation
  Kenya 1973 Football Kenya Federation
  Rwanda 1995 Rwandese Association Football Federation
  Somalia* 1973 Somali Football Federation
  South Sudan 2012 South Sudan Football Association
  Sudan* 1975 Sudan Football Association
  Tanzania 1973 Tanzania Football Federation
  Uganda 1973 Federation of Uganda Football Associations
  Zanzibar 1973 Zanzibar Football Association

* Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) members are marked with an asterisk

Broadcasting rightsEdit

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]


Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
Senior Challenge Cup 2019   Uganda 39°   Eritrea
U-20 Championship 2020   Uganda   Tanzania
U-17 Championship 2020   Uganda   Tanzania
U-15 Championship 2019   Uganda   Kenya
Club Cup 2019   KCCA   Azam FC
Women's Championship 2019   Kenya   Tanzania
U-17 Women's Championship 2019   Uganda   Tanzania

See alsoEdit



  1. ^
  2. ^ CECAFA gets a boost from GTV
  3. ^ Patrick Korir (7 December 2009). "SuperSport airing CECAFA from quarters". Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  4. ^ Timothy Olobulu (29 June 2012). "CECAFA to be aired Live by SuperSport". Retrieved 21 October 2012.

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