Unprepared Kenya stripped of CHAN 2018 hosting rights

Unprepared Kenya stripped of CHAN 2018 hosting rights

Unprepared Kenya stripped of CHAN 2018 hosting rights

Sports CS Hassan Wario

Kenya will have to wait longer to stage any serious football competition after CAF executive committee meeting in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday revoked Kenya's 2018 hosting rights due to unpreparedness.

CAF now looks likely to grant Morocco the rights to host the 2018 tournament reserved for Africa based players.

The unanimous CAF decision follows a shameful and scandalous lack of urgency by Kenya in preparing for the tournament.

Early this month, CAF sent an inspection team to Kenya and the possible outcome looked clear based on the level of unpreparedness. Only one stadium, Kasarani, met the strict CAF requirements with less than three months to the 2018 CHAN tournament.

Only this week, the Government approved Ksh 4.2 Billion for the work but this came a little too late to convince CAF that Kenya would be ready.

With the unfortunate decision coming from CAF, it remains to be seen if the Government will continue with the commitment to upgrade the stadiums to CAF standards.

In 1993, Kenya was awarded the rights to host the prestigious 1996 Africa Nations cup, but politics took center stage with the Government doing little to build any stadium despite having committed. CAF eventually stripped Kenya of the rights and awarded them to South Africa who went on to win the trophy.

This also led to Kenya being banned from 1996 and 1998 Africa Cup of Nations Competitions.

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