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FKF to bid for vacated 2017 Afcon


NYAMWEYA-AMROUCHENAIROBI, Kenya, August 25- Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has announced Monday its interest in putting in a solo or joint bid to host the 2017 Orange CAF Africa Cup of Nations after the withdrawal of Libya over security concerns.

In a statement dispatched to newsroom, federation chief, Sam Nyamweya, said further communication will be availed in due course
Once all the details of the fresh bid are concluded.

“FKF views this as another opportunity to bring Africa’s greatest soccer showpiece to our great nation and coming so soon after CAF handed us the right to host the 2018 Orange CAF Africa Nations Championships.

“FKF is in the process of consultations with the relevant stakeholders and government before submitting our bid before the September 30, 2014 deadline,” the announcement read.

“We are also alive to exploring the possibilities of putting a joint bid with our neighbours Tanzania who have already showed interest and Uganda as well as Rwanda.

“We believe it may enhance the region’s chances on the understanding that CAF did make that recommendation when they announced the opening of bids,” Nyamweya added.

Kenya were given the hosting rights for the 1996 edition and a secretariat set up at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium but political influences informed the Government of the day led by retired President, Daniel Arap Moi, to withdraw support.

As punishment, Kenya were banned from the next two editions and the event given to newly independent South Africa who went on to win the trophy for the first time with a 2-0 victory over Tunisia in the final.