Rabat – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) withdrew the hosting rights for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) from Kenya after Accra’s CAF Executive Committee meeting Saturday.
The African confederation said that Kenya will not be able to complete its infrastructure projects in time for the competition which is scheduled to take place in January 2018.
The announcement came a few days after the Kenyan government approved SH 4.2 billion in order to prepare the venues for the competition.
With an overwhelming majority of the members present, the Committee decided to revoke the hosting rights for the competition from Kenya in light of accumulated delays documented by reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country, the last of which took place from September 11 to 17, 2017, according to the CAF’s official website.
The same source added that CAF had opened a bidding process for a new host. “The deadline for receipt of applications is seven days from Sunday, September 24. The identity of the bidding countries will be disclosed within a maximum of 15 days after the opening of the bidding process.”
Morocco and South Africa are expected to submit applications to host the 2018 CHAN amid speculations that CAF would take the competition to one of those two countries.
Edited by Elisabeth Myers