Secretary General of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA), Nicholas Musonye has sang special praise for the Government of Uganda, the local football body, FUFA and the fans for ensuring smooth organization of the 2016 CECAFA Women football tournament.

Musonye was addressing the media at the FUFA Technical center in Njeru during a special press conference during the first rest day of the tournament on Saturday.

I want to single out the Government of Uganda, FUFA, the media and the fans for the smooth ride of the 2016 CECAFA Women championship in Uganda.

Without all your efforts, who knows this tournament would not have taken place.

Fans at the Njeru technical center cheered every country in action which is a good CECAFA Spirit. Referees at this tournament have also been great.

Musonye lauded FUFA for accepting to host the event at a time none of the regional member federations were willing to organize the tournament.

FUFA took a big gamble and risk.

First, there was no sponsorship of any sort but they pledged to organize the tournament and they managed. I therefore thank them.

Showering praise onto the ruling Government, NRM, Musonye who was flanked by the CECAFA member officer Rogers Mulindwa and the tournament Local Organizing Committee (LOC) chairman Rogers Byamukama singled out the good political environment.

Security has been good for all the teams, at team hotels, training and the main venue. Without the will of the Government, sports is never successful.

I also thank the media for the positive reporting and showing us loopholes with constructive criticism which we have to improve.

Musonye used the opportunity to announce that the women championship will be played annually with rotational hosts.

The women event had last been played in 1986 in Zanzibar.

The tournament officially ends on Tuesday with the third place and final match.

All the matches have been played at the FUFA Technical center in Njeru.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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