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Kenya stripped of 2018 CHAN hosting rights

Kenya stripped of 2018 CHAN hosting rights”

Caf president Ahmad Ahmad and his collaborators arrived in the country on Friday ahead of the 2017 Wafu final between Ghana and Nigeria which is slated for Sunday at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium and held a meeting to deliberate on Kenya's preparedness for the Chan tournament as well as other pressing issues.

The necessary financial budget was allocated in order to convince the CAF that Kenya is eligible to host the 2018 CHAN, amid speculations that CAF would take the competition to either Morocco or South Africa.

The recommendation that Kenya have the Championship taken away from them followed visit led by CAF second vice-president and FIFA Council member Constant Omari to Nairobi earlier this month.

The 16-team tournament for locally-based players only, is scheduled to take place between 12 January and 4 February 2018. Ahmad said that many "important" decisions will be discussed during the CAF meeting on Saturday.

"Unfortunately, lack of up-to standard infrastructure to host the competition and the need to improve the existing ones, meant that Kenya would inevitably play second fiddle to better placed countries that have invested heavily on infrastructure development over the years".

"Cabinet approved an allocation of 42 million dollars to cover the hosting of the Africa Nations Championships (CHAN), one in a growing list of events Kenya has bid for as part of showcasing our nation's talent and promoting tourism", the presidency said in a statement following a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Morocco and South Africa are favourites to replace Kenya this time around.

"The federation is of the view that it did everything humanly possible to ensure that Chan 2018 became a reality both to Kenyans and the entire East African region".

"The identity of the bidding countries will be disclosed within a maximum 15 days of the opening of the bidding process".

Kenya completed the line-up as the host nation - a position they now forfeit.



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