Kenya stripped of hosting rights for CHAN 2018

CHAN 2018 Kenya stripped of Hosting rights

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).

- DP Ruto felt the wrath of Kenyans online after attempting to justify why Kenya was denied the chance to host the 2018 Africa Nation Championships.

The shock decision was announced at a media conference after a one-day meeting of the African football "cabinet" headed by president Ahmad Ahmad, AFP writes.

Caf announced that the decision to move the tournament was made "in light of accumulated delays from reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country".

Countries seeking to step in as replacement host must submit applications by next Sunday, said CAF, which was forced into a fast-tracked bidding process with the tournament scheduled to be played from January 12-Feb. 4.

Some CAF officials in Accra also expressed concern about the political situation in Kenya, where recently annulled presidential elections are set to be rerun late October. State-of-the-art stadiums was one such promise made by the Jubilee coalition in 2013, and which formed the basis for the bidding. African football chiefs said Kenya was not prepared for the 16-nation showpiece because the stadiums are incomplete.

As for AFCON 2019 in Cameroon, CAF are to appoint an audit firm that will inspect the facilities proposed to host the championship, which has now been expanded to feature 24 teams against the earlier 16 teams.

Africa has had a succession of problems with host countries for its tournaments. Equatorial Guinea took over the 2015 African Cup after Morocco withdrew over fears of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

The same source added that CAF had opened a bidding process for a new host.

The Executive Committee also designated Egypt as the organizing country of the Under-23 African Cup of Nations 2019.

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