- Celestine Ntagungira
In election that took place Today Saturday at Rwanda’s football association (FERWAFA), Remera, former international referee Celestine Ntagungira commonly known as Abega emerged with a land slide win.
A competition that saw three others on the same post, two of the candidates Gerald Nkusi Mukubu and Clement Emmanuel Byiringiro pulled out from the race surrendering their votes to Ntagungira reasons of pulling out kept to themselves.
Over 30 Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association (FERWAFA) members were present to participate in the election process joined by four members representing first division clubs and two representing second division clubs for voting.
Additionally women football, referees’ association and coaching associations’ representative carried one vote.
Ntagungira’s rival managed to get only four votes out of 83 votes win. It was made clear however that Ntagungira will work together incumbent regime for the next two year to complete its term.
Ntagungira replaces Brig. Gen. Jean Bosco Kazura, who resigned last month citing personal reasons followed by Secretary General Jules Kalisa who also handed in his resignations one after his boss and they both cited personal reasons.
- Brig Gen. Jean Bosco Kazura former FERWAFA boss
Till now details of their sudden resignation is not known though Kazura’s resignation also followed days after the Amavubi former head coach, Sellas Tetteh resigned following the game Amavubi lost to the Elephants of Ivory Coast 0-5 in the 2012 AFCON qualifiers campaign.
- Jules Kalisa Former Secretary General of FERWAFA
“Taking our football to the next level is a vital and challenging task, i will not accomplish this task alone. I need everyone’s support and advice from all stake holders to make this mission possible.” Ntagungira said in his speech after election.
The 46-year old Ntagungira vowed to refurbish Rwandan football right from grassroots to the top level.
He intends to professionalize the national league, and bringing back what has been said a broken bi-lateral relation with CAF and FIFA while creating enforcing transparency.
Ntagungira also said he will embark on the development of women football and internal development to bring corporate football development in the country.
Ntagungira stands out as Rwanda’s most decorated referee after officiating at two Fifa World Cups, three Africa Nations Cup, two World Club Championships, two U-20 youth championships, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and numerous continental and regional tournaments.