CAF inspection team arrives in Kenya for CHAN assessment

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A team of Confederations of African Football (CAF) inspectors arrived in Kenya on Monday to assess the country’s preparations ahead of next year’s African Nations Championships (CHAN).

The eight-member team’s visit was initially scheduled to take place last month but was delayed due to the uncertainty that engulfed the East African nation following the nullification of last month’s presidential election result.

CAF vice-president Constant Omari Selemani is leading the inspection team that will visit training facilities and four stadiums before issuing a final verdict on Kenya’s readiness to host the biennial 16-team tournament for the first time.

“We are on top of things and ready for the inspection. Construction work is going on all around the four stadiums, which should be ready and handed over to the government in a month’s time,” said Herbert Mwachiro, Kenya’s CHAN 2018 chief.

CAF had earlier in the year warned that Kenya risked losing the hosting rights for lack of preparations.

North African country Morocco has expressed its readiness to host the tournament should Kenya lose the rights.

The championship is scheduled for January 12 to February 4, 2018.