NAIROBI, 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.”
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.