The national government has set aside 2.7 billion shillings to fund the project of revamping various stadiums in the country to host CHAN 2018.Speaking at a press briefing, Sports and Culture cabinet secretary Dr. Hassan Wario said that everything is on course to see that the nation hosts the competitions.
“The government will hand over a total of 2.7 billion shillings to FKF in two halves faces to ensure that the renovation of the selected venues meets the standards required by CAF to host the tournament smoothly,”Wario said.
Five officials from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have been on ground inspecting the various venues expected to host CHAN competitions in January 2018.They are expected to deliver their final verdict following the inspections in ten days’ time.
CAF vice president, Suketu Patel was also present at the press conference and he touched on the privilege of Kenya to host the biannual tournament and revealed that the chance is for Kenya to lose.
However, Patel says that venues remain the primary concern as far as hosting the championships is concerned. He also noted that there is good will between the government and the federation to facilitate this.
“The opportunity to host CHAN 2018 is for Kenya to lose as there is good will between the government and the federation to work together for further improvements. However, venues and facilities remain the primary concern,” he said.
FKF president Nick Mwendwa also issued a statement that the country will host CHAN as it is not too late.
“We are not late in preparations to host CHAN 2018 as the government together with the federation are working together to see this through,”Mwendwa said.
There have been speculations that the country lacks standardized venues demanded by CAF to host any international competition. Nyayo national stadium that was rated by local fans as the favorite venue alongside Safaricom Stadium Kasarani to host the tournament was passed below average by the officials from CAF.
The stadium’s stands need to be expanded and the dressing rooms doubled let alone reconstructing the VIP zone as the area has a leaking roof.
Precisely, four venues are highlighted for revamping as the tournament is less than a year away. These venues are; Kipkeino stadium in Eldoret, Machakos stadium, Kasarani stadium and Nyayo national stadium.