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 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.
The tournament was known as the "Gossage Cup" until the mid-sixties, when it was redubbed the "East African Challenge Cup".
- CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup - contested between CECAFA associated nations
- CECAFA Club Cup - contested between selected clubs in CECAFA associated nations
- CECAFA Nile Basin Cup - contested between selected clubs in CECAFA associated nations
- CECAFA U-17 Championship - contested between CECAFA associated nations' under 17 teams
- CECAFA U-20 Championship - contested between CECAFA associated nations' under 20 teams
- CECAFA Beach Soccer Championship
All associations that joined in 1973 were founding members of CECAFA.
* Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) members are marked with an asterisk
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