Kenya risks losing rights to host CHAN 2018 as CAF inspection nears

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Kenya risks losing rights to host the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN), with the Confederations of African Football (CAF) expressing concerns over its readiness to host the continental tournament.

CAF is expected to send a team of inspectors to the East African country on September 7 to make an assessment of the preparations ahead of January’s showpiece.

The body is reported to have already put two countries on standby to take the rights should Kenya fail to meet the august deadline it had set earlier this year.

Morocco, Ethiopia and Cote d’Ivoire have already expressed serious interest in hosting the tournament, and are waiting in anticipation for the news that Kenya is stripped of hosting rights.

Only one stadium in Kenya has been given the green light to host the tournament, with reports indicating that the country’s government is yet to tender construction and rehabilitation works for other stadia.

“Our delegation is talking to the (Kenyan) government as there will be presidential elections in August. They asked us to give them until the end of August when they will give us their action plan.

“After that, we will sit down to take a decision whether we will have it in Kenya or not,” CAF President Ahmad Ahmad said last July.

The Chan tournament, which is reserved for players who feature in their respective domestic leagues across Africa, will be staged from January 11 to February 2, 2018.

Serious sanctions await Kenya should hosting rights be withdrawn for any reason, including hefty fines as well as lengthy bans from competing in the competition as was the case in 1996 when the hosting rights for the Africa Cup of Nations were withdrawn and handed to South Africa.

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