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Last Updated: Friday, 1 April, 2005, 16:59 GMT 17:59 UK
Cecafa boss stays in jail
Andrew Oryada
BBC Sport, Kampala

Denis Obua
This jail is meant for men and I will be out soon
Cecafa president Denis Obua

Denis Obua, president of the Confederation of East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa), will remain in jail after his application for bail was turned down on Friday.

Chief Magistrate Margaret Tibulya issued a warrant for the apprehension of the former Ugandan FA president after he failed to appear in court.

Obua was to answer charges brought by 'Save Our Soccer,' a pressure group of Ugandan football fans, who allege that Obua and Haruna Mawanda, the former FA secretary-general, had embezzled FA funds while in office.

BBC Sport was present at Obua's arrest on Thursday and the Cecafa boss said: "This jail is meant for men and I will be out soon."

Obua is expected to remain in custody until his appearance in court on 15 April.

Obua will spend the weekend in Luzira prison before his lawyers make another bail application to the High Court next week.

"We have failed to get a judge at the High court since all of them are busy. We shall get him out on Monday," said Patrick Farah, Obua's lawyer.

Before his arrest, Obua was in Nairobi, Kenya's capital, where he was the match commissioner in the 2006 World Cup qualifier between Kenya and Botswana.

Uganda's government dissolved the FA last month, after accusing officials of mismanaging the body.

Fifa, football's governing body, subsequently sent three officials - Ashford Mamelodi, Pascal Torres and Kamal Shaddad, president of Sudan's Football Association, to look into the problems affecting football in the East African country.




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