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CAF gives Kenya 2018 CHAN nod

STARS-FANSNAIROBI, Kenya, February 25- Confederation of African Football (CAF) has designated Kenya as host of 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN), after receiving Government guarantee from Football Kenya Federation (FKF).

According to CAF website, the decision was reached during the body’s Executive Committee meeting held on February 21 in Cairo, Egypt.

“The CAF Executive Committee has selected Kenya to host the 2018 edition following receipt of necessary Government guarantees and complete dossier including the required infrastructure and security,” part of the statement posted on Monday read.

FKF President Sam Nyamweya, said a delegation from CAF will visit the country to inspect the facilities and begin administrative and logistical process.

“This is a big milestone in growth of Kenyan football and we are extremely grateful and indeed honored to have successfully bid for this great showpiece that gives our people an opportunity to host the continent of Africa using the great game of football,” part of a press statement sent to newsroom from FKF President read.

The statement further continued to say, “Without the Government’s support, through the ministry of sports, arts and culture, this could not have been possible and as a federation we are grateful for the support of Jubilee Administration under His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

“The real work begins now and we call upon all stakeholders and corporate partners to join hands with Kenyans and make the 2018 Chan tournament the best ever in the history of the event,” the statement continued.

“As you are aware, this kind of tournament is normally staged in different venues and in true spirit football going down to our people. Our focus is to have the matches played all around the country.

“We already did that with the 2013 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup which was played in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru and Machakos.”

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The award comes after FKF missed out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations bid after submitting when the deadline had passed.

The continental competition that features local based players was last held in South Africa early this year where Libya beat Ghana 4-3 on post match penalties to be crowned champions.

Rwanda will stage the 2016 edition before Kenya hosts the fifth.

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  1. mzeiya88

    February 26, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Jubilee Govt. Build 4, to 6 New Stadiums of International quality(30- 50,000 capacity). Some of the so called new stadiums in counties are just soccer pitches. CAF would never allow such Stadiums to hold international matches.

    This is a good chance to upgrade our Stadiums, plus this will provide crucial employment while the stadiums are being built. You can even upgrade roads around the Stadiums + build hotels, entertainment facilities (Malls, food courts) or use private + public partnership to have such facilities built before the event day.

    Plus can the Govt (Ministry of Industrial Development or Engineering –whatever its called) ensure this time round that all the steps of stadium construction, and well logged in detail, by putting up a young or experienced team of Engineers to work together with the companies (best guess foreign/ Chinese) that will build the stadiums.

    This will be every important. We have to build these stadiums by ourselves after that. We need to be good at learning and logging important data.

    Why do we have to keep on importing Chinese expertise labor to build Stadiums, or roads?

    I think these cities deserve new Stadiums: (We also have to think about future income generation) Such plans will ensure the Stadiums generate good future income and don’t become White Elephants like those Olympic stadiums in Greece.

    6 proposed Stadiums:

    1) Kisumu (Gor mahia fans) Luos are the most enthusiastic Soccer fans in Kenya. Ask Gor Mahia to relocate to this Stadium(sign an agreement with them).

    2) Kakamega( AFC leopard fans) Luhya’s 2nd most enthusiastic Soccer fans in Kenya. Ask AFC Leopards to relocate to this stadium(sign an agreement with them). Help stimulate Kakamega’s economy by improving infrastructure around the Stadium. Build hotels & entertainment facilities, both the Govt and private sector.

    3) Mombasa (Bandari & Coast Starts fans – Coast folks are also into Soccer) + Plenty of hotel facilities so few accommodation problems.

    4) Eldoret — Major Sports city – Ensure that Stadium has a good track to supplement Soccer with Athletics. + build a good track for use by athletes (Kalenjin’s are obviously our best athletes) Choose a good location for a mixed Soccer athletics use of the facilities. Design a running course nearby.

    5) Nakuru (Many hotels & tourist attractions) so few accommodation problems. Plus its near Nairobi so many fans can drive from Nairobi to Watch games there.

    6) Nyeri, or Muranga – Build a new Stadium to stimulate Soccer development in this region + build a good track for use by athletes (Kikuyu’s are also good in long distance running) Choose a good location for a mixed Soccer athletics use of the facilities. Design a running course nearby.

    Build these to supplement Kasarani & Nyayo

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