Kenya will now bid to host either the FIFA Under 17 or Under 20 World Cup after being stripped of the right to stage the 2018 Africa Home Nations Championships (CHAN).
According to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) had promised to support the East African nation in its bids for the global events.
“We will be putting up a bid for the Under 17 and Under 20 World Cups. The threshold is very high but it is like that of CHAN. You need four stadia and 10 training grounds and we think we will have that by then,” Mwendwa announced.
CAF on Saturday withdrew the CHAN hosting rights after an Executive Committee meeting in Accra, Ghana.
The continental body’s decision came after its officials visited Kenya for a third and last inspection of its preparations ahead of the January 2018 event.
With the tournament just four months away, the CAF inspection team was dismayed by the state of three of the four proposed stadia that were to host the three-week event.
Following the move to withdraw the hosting rights from Kenya, CAF is now seeking a new venue, though reports from earlier in the year suggested that Morocco was already put on standby.
Kenyans have been enraged by that withdrawal of the CHAN hosting rights, some of them taking to social media to air their frustrations.
It is a shame failed nations like the Sudan, poor nations like Burkina Fasso, middle class nations like Zambia can host CHAN. Kenya can't
— Philip Etale (@EtalePhilip) September 24, 2017
If you thought Kenya was ready to host Chan my brother/sister you are a naive dreamer….Kenya ain't ready for anything
— John (@MCKOTWO) September 26, 2017
Kenya had three years to plan for Chan this is a total failure and degrading our country
— james gathurai (@jymoIT) September 26, 2017