DR Congo are the defending champions of the CHAN championships after winning the edition Rwanda.
By: Danito Nsubuga
It’s barely 4 months to the opening date of the CHAN Championships but it’s unclear whether the hosts Kenya are ready to host the competition.
Post elections instabilities, bureaucratic red tapes, and delays in construction works for the earmarked venues are the main points of concern for CAF.
CAF inspectors are set to visit Kenya in the first week of September around 7th -12th to evaluate whether they will be in position to host the tournament in January. But sources reveal that the Kenya Sports permanent Secretary is yet to finish with the evaluation of of the successful bidders who are expected to work on the renovation works.
www.soka25east. com revealed that they quoted a reliable source in CAF signalling his worry about the low level of preparedness exhibited by Kenya. The source who preferred anonymity said,
“We are indeed worried about the situation in Kenya, things seem to be stagnant since the last time inspectors came over but we will wait for the final report to know the next course of action “
“A plan B must definitely be put in a place as things do not look rosy as early envisaged “.
However the Kenyan government are adamant they will be ready before the inspections indicating that once tenders are approved, they will immediately mobilise contractors to begin with the work. Works to be done include the fitting of new grass turfs, installation of electronic water reticulation and irrigation systems to maintain the grass.
Venues like the Moi Sports center kasarani, Nyayo stadium, Kenyatta Stadium, Keino stadium and Kinoru stadium are in a sorry state that needs immediate attention. But nothing has been done as per now.
It’s waited to be seen if CAF have a ready plan B host in store since to this day, the post election instabilities in Kenya look not be ending very soon to allow the works to be effected on time.