Regional football bodies sign agreement
By Collins Okinyo
COSAFA, Cecafa and North Zone have signed an agreement to help promote football development in the regions.
The cooperation agreement inked, last week in Manama, Bahrain, where the Fifa Congress took place, seeks to among others strengthen ties between the zones in all matters related to football development and football administration.
They will also work to “develop football competitions within the zones, for the zones and/or between the zones”.
The parties agreed their cooperation will include, but not be limited to development of women’s football, development of youth football, infrastructure development and matters related to marketing sponsorship, fundraising, merchandising, TV rights and the outsourcing of the assets.
Cosafa and Zimbabwe FA boss Philip Chiyangwa, who was among those present during the signing ceremony, expressed confidence in the newly formed union (COCENO) dispelling the notion it could work against the spirit of the Confederation of African Football (Caf).
“It will be better known as COCENO and we intend to boost Ahmed’s presidency,” Chiyangwa told supersport.com.
“We want to ensure football development and unity between the regions to help foster growth,” he added.
Chiyangwa was recently appointed the vice president of the African Cup of Nations Committee.
He was among the key figures who championed Ahmad’s campaign which successfully ousted long-standing Caf president Issa Hayatou with the Madagascan assuming the reigns in March this year.
Also present was the South Africa FA president, Danny Jordaan, who is the president of the marketing committee of Caf. – Supersport