CAF withdraws Kenya’s CHAN hosting rights

The cranes qualified for their 4th consecutive edition of the Championships.

By: Danito Nsubuga 

Following the CAF executive meeting that sat on the 23rd of September in Accra Ghana, a resolution has been passed that Kenya be stripped off their rights to host the forthcoming edition of the Championship of African Nations due to take place between the 12th of January and 4th February next year (2018).

A decision was made after a CAF inspection team that visited Kenya from the 11th – 17th of September found out that only one of the four venues was ready to stage the event.

The unclear political situation in the country has also been appointed big factor in influencing the decision after court in Kenya annulled the elections calling for a re-election.

A statement from CAF read,

“With an overwhelming majority of the members present, it was decided to withdraw the hosting rights of the competition from Kenya in the light of accumulated delays from reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country, the last of which took place from 11 to 17 September 2017.

The CAF Acting General Secretary has been instructed to immediately open a bidding process for a new host. “

“The deadline for receipt of applications is seven days from Sunday, 24 September 2017. The identity of the bidding countries will be disclosed within a maximum 15 days of the opening of the bidding process.”

According to the BBC, reports indicate that Morocco and South Africa may be the front runners to take over from Kenya, whereas other reports say that the Ethiopian FA are preparing to launch a bid to host the tournament.

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