In Summary

  • The government committed to reviving Kenya’s football sector, which has seen its fair share of challenges in recent years.
  • President emphasized the government’s commitment and collaboration with various stakeholders to ensure the success of the bid.

President William Ruto has revealed that Kenya, in partnership with Uganda and Tanzania, will be bidding to host the 2027 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

AFCON 2027 EAC Pamoja bid

The President referred to the bid as the East African Community Pamoja bid, signifying the unity and cooperation between the three nations.

President Ruto emphasized that the bid was a significant part of the government’s broader plan to harness skills and talents while propelling Kenya’s sports sector to new heights.


The announcement comes as a clear indication of the government’s commitment to promoting sports as a key aspect of national development.

During the unveiling ceremony, President Ruto outlined the government’s strategic interventions to transform Kenya into a thriving sporting nation. These interventions primarily focus on infrastructure development, enhanced monetization of sporting talent, and the reinstatement of Kenya’s football as a force to be reckoned with on the continent.

“We are focused on harnessing the full potential of each sector for our prosperity,

The President said.

President Ruto highlighted the importance of state-of-the-art stadiums, training facilities, and other supporting infrastructure to meet the demands of hosting such a prestigious tournament.

Enhanced monetization of sporting talent is another crucial element of the government’s plan. President Ruto expressed the government’s determination to create an enabling environment that encourages and rewards athletes for their efforts.

Government to revive Kenya’s football sector

Furthermore, the government committed to reviving Kenya’s football sector, which has seen its fair share of challenges in recent years. The President highlighted the importance of collaboration with the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and other stakeholders to implement reforms and revitalize the sport.

This will stimulate local sports, promote tourism, create employment and enhance our national sporting and athletic brand,”

The President said.

The unveiling ceremony was attended by Cabinet Secretary for Sports Ababu Namwamba, Principal Secretary Jonathan Mueke, and Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa.

President Ruto concluded his remarks by expressing his optimism and confidence in Kenya’s ability to host a remarkable AFCON tournament in 2027.

 The bid represents a unique opportunity to showcase East Africa’s rich football heritage, promote regional integration, and leave a lasting legacy in terms of sporting infrastructure and development.

As the bidding process begins, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania will undoubtedly face fierce competition from other African nations among them Algeria, Egypt and Botswana.


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