Kenya now wants to host the junior world cup.
Kenya might have been stripped off of hosting the 2018 CHAN competition but the country is not giving up just yet in hosting future junior tournaments. According to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Mr Nick Mwendwa, the federation together with CAF and the government of Kenya went to a meeting and had an agreement to push to bid for either the 2019 U17 or U19 World Cup.
Mwendwa said CAF has extended its support towards this plan with the federation having in talks with county governments to ensure each county has at least one 8000 seater capacity stadium; something that was supported by the Minister of Sports and Arts Permanent Secretary Mr Peter Kaberia.
“We went into a meeting with the Government, CAF and myself and we have a gentleman’s agreement to push for Kenya to bid for either the 2019 U17 or U19 World Cup. We are a nation that has not build any stadia in the last 25 years but I have seen serious progress as far as development is concerned in the past six months. We got the CHAN flag early last year and I must emphasize that within that time frame we have worked hard and seen progress,” he said,
“Moving forward we will bid to either host the U17 or U19 World Cup in 2019 and CAF has extended its support. They feel it will be fair to give Kenya a chance when there’s not much politics going on. CAF has also extended to us to host the CAF Congress in 2019. We have to move on. We have a proposal to the Goverment to ensure every country has one stadia, 8000 seater,” Mwendwa said.
Kaberia said: “We are not building the stadia just for a single event and will not stop the building of infrastructure with or without CHAN, the works are still going and will continue. Our youth require more and more of this facilities and this is an opportunity for the federation and government to collaborate to and work together for the future. They (inspection) commended our airport infrastructure, hospitality systems to host any event but if only we work outside politics.”
“The government is committed to continue building the stadia. Kinoru, Nyayo, Kasarani, Machakos, Kisumu, Eldoret – I think we have a good opportunity to get going. Kenya is a democratic country and we have to follow the constitution. Recently the International Cricket Council (ICC) made a statement about the political climate in Kenya so it’s not just about CHAN. It’s a collective loss but a collective responsibility to work on the infrastructure for the future. The contracts are binding and the construction of the Stadia will proceed.
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