The Exciting fireworks over the Kigali skies at the climax of the fourth edition of the Orange African Nations Championships (CHAN) signaled the official close of business for the locally based players’ tournament.
Three countries left the Amahoro national stadium with profound excitement.
Winners, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2016 hosts Rwanda and the upcoming 2018 hosting country Kenya all left with the broadest smiles for various obvious reasons.
Whereas DR Congo was wildly celebrating for the second championship gold medal in seven years, Rwanda were up in the skies for hosting a memorable tournament.
On the other front, Kenya was eager to prove to the world that they are up to task of hosting the next edition.
Kenya’s minister of sports, Hassan Wario, Kenya Football Federation (KFF) president Sam Nyamwenya and another government official, Michael Esakwa received the CAF flag from CAF boss and acting FIFA president, Issa Hayatou.
As the Democratic Republic of Congo players continued with the celebrations with the trophy, the three Kenyan officials smiled ear to ear, posed for photos and were engaged in various interviews with the media.
Sports minister, Wario assured Kawowo Sports;
We are ready to host CHAN 2018. Government is willing to aid in all the necessary logistics ahead of the tournament.
Kenya boosts of several playing facilities in Nairobi and the countryside towns of Nakuru, Machakos, Mombasa and Kisumu.
In Nairobi alone, Kenya has three stadia (City, Kasarani and Nyayo).
Add to the Afraha Stadium in the tourist town of Nakuru, Machakos stadium in Machakos county, Municipal stadium of Mombasa and the Moi Complex in Kisumu, Kenya has a starting mark as far as playing grounds are concerned.
In 2009, the inaugural edition was hosted by Cote D’Ivoire, Sudan hosted the second event in 2012 before South Africa housed the 2014 edition.
The 2016 edition in Rwanda has left a lasting impression for the high level of organization that shocked CAF themselves.
CAF Vice president, Camara Kabele was left singing praises of Rwanda for surpassing their expectations.
In an exclusive interview with Kawowo Sports, Camara lauded the Government of Rwanda, Rwandese Football federation (FERWAFA) and the local communities for the collective effort to having a successful 2016 edition.
Rwanda shocked us for sure.
Their level of organization left the whole of CAF surprised.
I was particularly impressed by the interest of the Government, especially president Paul Kagame
CHAN is a tournament is played by only locally based players playing the respective domestic league.
All CHAN Hosts:
2009: Cote D’Ivoire
2014: South Africa