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CAF to announce 2017 AFCON hosts in April

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BATA, Equatorial Guinea, January 23 – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) revealed on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt.

According to the continental football body, there are four candidates to host the competition, with Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana all competing to replace strife-riven Libya, who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals.

The qualifying tournament will begin in June with the host nation taking part for the first time, although their matches will be considered as friendlies and will not count for points.

The draw for the qualifying competition will also take place on April 8 in Cairo.

A total of 52 teams will enter the qualifiers and will be divided into 13 groups, with the winners advancing to the finals as well as the two best runners-up.

The CAF have already confirmed that the 2019 finals will be held in Cameroon, with the Ivory Coast staging the 2021 finals and Guinea 2023.

CAF also announced on Thursday that the 2018 World Cup qualifiers will begin in October.

There will be three preliminary rounds in order to whittle the number of teams down to 20, who will then be divided into five groups of four teams each.

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The winners of these five groups will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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  1. Dunga

    January 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Kalonzo you are a goon. Why follow your political juniors, no wonder even Ngilu anakudharau. Bure kabisa.

    • Billy_chege

      January 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      wewe wacha hate speech!wats your problem?

    • Otieno

      January 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Dunga u r bure Kabisa . He was there in his capacity as a comrade. If he didn’t turn up, he would have been accused of being a lonnner and deserted them. Kalonzo is a true hero becos he follows his instinct not like other coward leaders like ngilu who will support wrong for the sake of power. Mpende msipende, we don’t the next leader of kenya but we know for sure it’s not odinga raila though am a Luo. He want to be worshiped and he is a dictator..

      • Samuel

        January 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm

        Thanks Otieno. You sound logical but you go on to comment on what you don’t know. Believe me it is only God who knows who the next President of Kenya will be and who will not. Anyway we don’t care who becomes the President provided i can do my things and bring up my family. No politician will ever help you owadwa and we don’t care whether Jirongo, Wamalwa, Wiper, Karua, Kenneth, Saitoti, Tuju or Raila or even UK or WSR. Whoever will make it, so be it.

      • Shauney Merosy

        January 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm

         though am a luo inatokea wapi?Dunga u are a tribalist

    • Pratt

      January 28, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Kalonzo is a true leader without arrogance at all. Thats why he has withstood unmatched assault by vile merchants for that long. His resilience is pretty amazing, he must be having steel nerves! Do you know why masters of deceit are ever quick to create doubts on his every move? They are dead afraid of him! All these years, no corruption and no thieving, its too cool boy!  However, there was nothing like juniorness in joining our true brothers betrayed by merchants of deceit.  By the way, there are no junior Kenyans, we are all true brothers unlike the view pursued by anti-reform reformers. They think they are above everybody else. Thats why we have been bombarded with this nonsense of being the “man to beat in 2012.” Pride kills pal! Even in the Bible, its clearly written you humble yourself for God to recognize you. But merchants of deceit know that we are “too junior” to play in their league! No wonder they cant stand carpets and toilets they believe are cheap! Thats why they wont hesitate to spent a cool Shs. 601,000/= per night on a hotel room! And thats done while masqueranting as “saviors” of the poor! The likes of Ngilu, Mutula Kilonzo, etc. are actually the hired goons. They are hired village irritants. But just watch whats going to happen to them. Kenyans hate arrogant treachery! Mercenaries are not going anywhere this time round, malicious lies or not.

      • George

        January 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm

        hay bro take it eazy pratt stop, watch out coz this time no one is sure of the out come. are u able to see the presidential ambitions around. Pls can we talk of the problems at hand coz 2 u pratt i as PEV Victim is a forgotten lot, when do pple like u pratt learn, than to support and discredit others. i think we still need prayers. than such hate speach 

  2. HotPotato

    January 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Kalonzo – KATIKATI kama kawaida. Haaaaa…heeeeeeee….hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. I hope the two boys are not going to incite people. They should behave cool.

  3. Mwangijurist

    January 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    United against the lakeside enemy…

  4. geofry

    January 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Kwani kenyans do not know inciters and it’s General in this country?

  5. ngina kipkorir otieno

    January 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    no more killings the big boyz are in the toilet 30-40yrs in prison for rape. murder, crimes against humanity letsnot be vague lets to the hague ati movie its nigeriawood  block buster movie!!! two crimianls aligning together god help kenya. plus the president planning murder kenya is a failed state no mursik here of njeru njuke 500,000 kenyans living worse than refugees in their own country no food water, sanitaion uhuru owns 500,000hc of land fuck them!!!

    • geofry

      January 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Blame your father or yourself being fathered by a pauper. Have you gone through the profiles of Romney and Gingrich? Have you forgotten about Trump? Do you know anything about Bush family and their riches? Even Solomon in the bible was fathered by an equally rich David then became multi-millionaire himself. Anyway, when it comes to riches we will never be equal.

      • Samahawetu

        January 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm

        everyone you ha quoted made money then joined politics for those who were politicians on your list others made money long after leaving politics others are not politicians the kenyatta wealth was amassed by a greedy president in power as was moi and most third world and mainly African leaders please be logical in your defence of corruption, greed, impunity, divisive politics…  

    • Vintokim17

      January 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      you do not have to hurl insults to drive your point home.This only shows how primitive you are.It is us kenyans who will elect ouir president not the other way round.So man leave my prezzo alone

      • beday

        March 9, 2012 at 3:05 am

         Nice sharing hear..Keep on posting great article.

  6. Rotichwilson

    January 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    What was their msg to the audience?

  7. Anonymous

    January 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Sometimes i wonder whether kalonzo has followers and their level of understanding. This man just live by benefiting from peoples misfortunes. Cant he wake up and come up with an agenda and have some terms of reference and review them, close the visible gaps, improve and convince kenyans that he is operating from higher platform in relation to where he was yesterday.This guy is really irritating. Please for havens sake, sell Wiper and wiper alone. once it is strong you can bargain with others on coalition. 

  8. Kibingei

    January 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    The 1st  suspect had his people/tribe killing the 2nd suspect’s people for known & secret reasons,the 2nd suscpect’s people/tribe then reacted by killing the 1st suspect’s people/tribe+other kenyans.The known&secret reasons for the bloodbath remain and will cause a recurrance of the atrocities.The poor innocent tribesmen of these two suspects must be sheep to swallow this ‘new found friendship’- they are being lied to,and only icc may treat this cancer.

  9. ELIUD

    January 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    They are the big men  we need

  10. PATRICK CHEGE

    January 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    We excuse a child who is afraid of the DARK but the greatest TRAGEDY IN KENYA as it were is when adult CITIZENRY is afraid of the LIGHT, why do we continue to behave like the pupil of the EYE? the more light is shed to our home based issues the more we constrict!!

  11. Mutua

    January 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    The ICC is being used by Westerners to make way for their favoured candidate to be President in Kenya who claims to be “cousin” to White house resident.  We know the leader of ODM who deserves to be indicted and face trial himself.  He is the one responsible for all the killings.   

    • Samuel

      January 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Cool down brother. Are you sure of what you are saying. Who is this one person who is responsible for all the killings. It seems you have evidence and my humble advice is that you pass it on to ICC. After all you will be protected by the same ICC.

      Anyway it is better to reason from a point of knowledge and please note that we are all brothers and sisters and need one another. Let us stop tribal inclination and just writing before thinking of whether it is correct or wrong. Please pass on your evidence you seem to have to ICC or just keep quiet if you have no clue like myself. Such careless talk is not needed in Kenya unless you want trouble with Mzalendo Kibunja and his team.

      • Justevansi

        January 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

        kwenda ukule mapera

    • Anantpanchmatia

      January 28, 2012 at 12:49 am

      Are you in your senses.1500 people died.wish some one was there from your family.

      • Anonymous

        January 28, 2012 at 4:08 am

        We all know 1500 people died, but we also know that the REAL KILLERS in ODM are not on trial.

    • Anonymous

      January 28, 2012 at 4:05 am

      We all know the ICC is not sincere and a Western political tool. 

      Just late last year, the British Govt gave the ICC funding specifically to assist with the Kenya case, and it was even reported in the local media! However, the same Kenyan media were too incompetent or just asleep (so what else is new) to question this odd behaviour, or are themselves in cahoots with these people, precisely because this British ‘philanthropic’ gesture gives rise to questions about the ICC’s independence! 

      If the ICC was truly independent, why would they not question AND REJECT the British financial aid conditions to use the money SPECIFICALLY for the Kenyan case? Why would the British be interested in the Kenyan case and not, for example, the DRC cases? Were British nationals on trial for them to use British taxpayers money to assist in a case that does not otherwise concern them? Only a very naive person can believe that this act was not ulterior and part of some conspiracy to influence the court to rule in a certain manner. 

      Furthermore, Ababu Namwamba more or less let the cat out of the bag when he recently claimed on the sidelines of Henry Kosgei’s press conference that ODM had ‘taught the less than intelligent PNU MPs how to play International politics’ in getting Henry Kosgei released! Only a fool cannot discern Namwamba’s meaning.

    • Pratt

      January 28, 2012 at 9:14 am

      You are right pal. But it wont take long before that ends. Kenyans are not stupid and they wont elect anyone on the basis of lies and malicious propaganda. Havent you noticed everytime you tell these guys the truth, they just insult you? Thats how they unleashed violence on us and pretended to be bystanders! They are prone to violence. But very soon indeed the truth will come out and destroy them completely, believe you me!

  12. Samuel

    January 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Wiper na mpira. Amepita katikati yao na amepiga mkwajo kali hapo mbaya kweli. As the name sounds, WDP is a party that wipes or being used for wiping or dislodging. As our forefathers once said, you can know someone or something by its name. What a name and what sincere genuine actions by its leader? 

  13. Oludavin

    January 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Were they celbrating HOLOCAUST or what prayer? This happens exactly today 27 January,  the world Holocaust – SHOAH memorial day! The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime (Hitler) and its collaborators. Lack of imagination can reduce man to evil itself. Only God will purnish justly those who promote antisemitism, racism, apartheid, tribalism, ethinicity, nipotism. It’s strange there are many Hitlers in kenya today! They just live with a dead conscience, lack of memory and imagination!

  14. Anonymous

    January 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Definitely Kenya’s next leaders despite all the hate and bile thrown at them. 

    • Kassim

      January 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Yes this is defining moment and we will overcome. We know for sure Uhuru was just helping his people . The ICc judges have brought absolute disgrace to Kenya society. Ocampo never questioned anyone who was at state house on 26th. He only relied on the information from Omar Hassan who himself doesn’t knw himself. If they cannot believe the president diary which was readily available from the media, then how else do we trust the system? I have no faith with the ICC. Crimes were committed and people suffered no doubt but the matter has been handled in a political way instead of pursuing justice..

    • Anantpanchmatia

      January 28, 2012 at 12:54 am

      Keep dreaming.Criminals being leaders ?

      • Anonymous

        January 28, 2012 at 3:49 am

        When were they adjudged criminals? Can you tell us when the trial was held? You are spreading gossip and rumours like a jealous lover. 

      • Donn Care!

        January 28, 2012 at 7:31 am

        What happened to innocent till proven guilty? Anantpanchmatia, if you have evidence of their crime pass it on to ICC, we would not like to hear a criminal walked free just because Anantpanchmatia held vital information. Otherwise shut up and talk of something you know not what you hear.

  15. kirui

    January 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    KALONZO   IS   DANCING   ON   OTHER   PEOPLE`S   GRAVE    PRETENDING   THAT   HE   WAS   HURT       BY   THE   ICC   RULLING.  HONOURABLE   UHURU   AND   RUTO   DON`T   LET   THIS  GUY            PASS    BETWEEN    YOU   THIS   TIME   ROUND.

  16. guest

    January 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Why didn’t they visit the IDP camps. This guys should go to hell.

    • Muuno

      January 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      STUPID GUEST!! Who are you to tell them who to visit, walipitia. eat your shit

  17. Anonymous

    January 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Now that Uhuru and Ruto are buddies, can the Kikuyus who were chased away from their land by the Kalenjins go back or do we have to wait until Uhuru or Ruto become president? Or may be Kalejins really want their Kikuyu neighbours back but Raila is standing in the way. Bure kabisa!!! What peace and reconcilliation when Kenyans dispossessed of their rightful properties are still languishing in IDP camps?

    • Kihii

      January 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Raila bure kabisa, I bet my ass on it…HE WILL NEVER RULE KENYA. LOSER KAMA BABA YAKE>>>

      • Anonymous

        January 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm

        I totally agree – Raila will lose in 2012. What amazes me is that nobody says who will win. Because if Kikuyus say it will be Uhuru, the other supporters will leave the fragile G7 in droves. The same will apply when Ruto’s name is mentioned. By now these people would have come up with a very tight alliance in which everybody’s role in the next government is known. I would not ask anybody to hold his breath on blind hope that one day these people might unite to beat Raila. And by the way, people in Rift Valley have began to realize that Ruto and Sang are in ICC courtesy of NSIS. You know who heads NSIS, don’t you?

    • Anonymous

      January 28, 2012 at 4:13 am

      For your information, many Kikuyus, Kisiis and Luhyas HAVE returned to their homes, and the stories have been all over television. Give credit where it is due. Many of the IDPs also were not landowners but kiosk and jua kali workshop owners, and it is not a stretch to imagine that they are waiting for Govt funding to start afresh elsewhere. That is why they have not left IDP camps. 

  18. Tom Seme

    January 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Justice must be done,if ruto and uhuru has a case to answer let them face the charges wacheni kuwatetea tu saaana!!
     

  19. Owuor Japolo

    January 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    KENYANS NEED JUSTICE, PEACE, TRUE HEALING, UNITY AND REAL CHANGE

    • Hotspotwireless3

      January 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Dont express sympathy to criminal people must face the law in regardless of tribal

  20. Nkip

    January 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Forget these corrupt impunists!Me and my friends have seen past these tribal people(Uhuru,Ruto and Kalonzo!)Raila definitely has my vote as well as most of my college friends.Even the diaspora knows it!Kenya is too important to be ruled by family dynasties.we have to change ourselves and change Africa!!!

  21. SKMACHARIA

    January 27, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Kamba people are the filth of Kenya!AM ASHAMED COZ OF THEM ALL OF THEM!!!!

  22. Lukati20

    January 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    people who committed crime must face the law  in regardless of their cash law is an ass in hit both the poor and the rich , Let them forget about being president of this country, criminal to lead Kenya Ocampo move with speed

  23. Mojofujo

    January 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Central does not trust Ruto and RV has told Ruto, no support for him if he is not number one on the ticket.

    When the trials begin proper, Ruto supporters will actually be shocked to learn that it is Uhuru and his supporters through the NSIS that fixed Ruto’s date with the ICC. The irony is that Ruto has always known this and has consistently lied to his supporters.

  24. Hilary Wahanda

    January 30, 2012 at 6:44 am

    so what have the duo achieved after the Rallies?Psychological relief I guess.They make me envy Muthaura.

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