Caf delegation led vice president Kabele Camara, who doubles up as the chairman of the Chan tournament’s organising committee alongside the Secretary General Hicham El Amrani have been on a four-day tour of various proposed venues of the competition set for February 2018.
Of all the four venues that have been proposed to stage the 2018 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) only Kasarani meets the required standards as Nyayo Stadium is said to be close.
Moi Stadium Kisumu, Mombasa County Stadium as well as Kenyatta Stadium and Kinoru Stadium in Machakos and Meru counties require alot of work as per the requirements needed by CAF.
According to the CAF Secretary General Hicham El Hiram all the Identified Stadia need at least four changing rooms to be able to meet the standards of hosting international matches with only 18 months to the bi-annual competition that will be hosted by Kenya.
“Nyayo Stadium and Kasarani have the minimum requirements though some work still needs to be done on them. As for other venues, they are far off and a lot of work needs to carried out to bring them up to standard.”
Three years ago Kenya was handed the hosting rights for the competition.
Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, alongside former FKF President Sam Nyamweya and Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye, received the hosting flag during the closing ceremony for the 2016 edition that was held in Rwanda in January.
Al Amrani however did not inspect the country’s hotels and other infrastructure as he pointed out that Kenya is well-endowed in those aspects.
“Kenya is well known for its world-class hotels, roads and hospitals and so we did not have a look at them at this time. This we will do in our second visit in June,” he said.
Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa on the hand announced that the preparations is expected to be close to over by June next year as the final decision to allow Kenya host the Africa competitions will be made by Caf depending on the progress made by then.