We asked to host AWCON – Mwendwa
Lack of facilities hampering Kenya's quest to host international competitions
Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa has disclosed that they had asked CAF whether there is a possibility of hosting this year’s African Women’s Cup of Nations in the event Ghana is stripped off the rights.
However, an assessor sent to the country delivered an unfortunate report that the country only had one stadium ready, the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.
“We had hoped that maybe Machakos would pass some tests but then again there are some aspects like four changing rooms, an anti-doping room, lights and all that didn’t fall to within what CAF need and they said it was not possible. Last week I met the CAF president in Tanzania and I agreed thatw e can’t do this thing,” Mwendwa said on Tuesday.
He added; “We have a challenge of facilities in the country and we only have Kasarani available so that is posing a challenge to us. I had gone to the government and asked for guarantees and I got, but CAF said it will not be possible.”
The hosting of this year’s AWCON hangs in the balance with Ghana currently experiencing a leadership crisis aftermost federation officials led by Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned in the wake of a corruption scandal.
CAF in a statement on Monday evening said they had not yet stripped Ghana of the rights but the decision will be made at an Executive Committee meeting next month.
“Until such a time that we have all the facilities ready, we will not bid to host anything. We are disappointed that most of the stadia are not ready and we are engaging the government to see how we can expedite this.” Mwendwa noted.