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CHAN 2018: CAF strips Kenya of the hosting rights !

CHAN 2018: CAF strips Kenya of the hosting rights !

Like Kenya, Cameroon's readiness to host the Cup of Nations has been under scrutiny.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF ) chairman Nick Mwendwa has insisted that he will not vacate office after the country was stripped of the right to host next year's Africa Nations Championship (Chan).

But in a surprising turn of event, Mwendwa, who is serving second year in office, has now shifted the blame to the government while at the same time clarifying that he was to resign only if FKF was responsible for the country's failure to host the event.

That decision, the CAF boss maintained, was influenced by an inspection visit indicating the country lacked adequate infrastructure to stage a competition of this calibre.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) cited "accumulated delays" in the country's preparations for the tournament, the continental championship for players playing in their home leagues.




Kenya is set to have a repeat presidential poll on October 26, just three months before the tournament kicks-off in January and Mwendwa pointed out that the political uncertainty was a major contributing factor as to why Caf snatched away the rights from Kenya's hands.

Speaking at a press conference in Nairobi on Tuesday, where he was put to task by journalists, Mwendwa said that "there are people who want me gone", but that he will not resign.

The unavailability of required sports infrastructure seemed to irk Kenyans the most, considering a pending promise by the Jubilee administration "to construct five new national stadiums in Kisumu, Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret and Garissa, while upgrading existing sports facilities at the county level". The 2019 under-23 African Cup was given to Egypt because it was the only country to submit a "complete" application, CAF said.

This move has now been overtaken by events in the wake of CAF's announcement.