Action between Kenya and Uganda at Machakos Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

Just like Kawowo Sports reported over a month ago, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has stripped Kenya of the hosting rights for the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) 2018 tournament.

The development was confirmed on Saturday following a CAF Executive Committee meeting in Accra, Ghana on Saturday.

This is due to the unreadiness of the  East African country in terms of facilities required coupled with the current unstable political climate.

An inspection was scheduled for August 20th – 28th 2017 but was postponed after the sudden withdrawal of audit firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC). The firm gave no reason for their withdrawal.

Morocco is one of two countries being considered to step-in for Kenya as emergency hosts of CHAN 2018 and South Africa is the other counry on standby.

Morocco is seen as having grand ambitions for increasing its clout within CAF circles, having hosted multiple officials and events in recent years.

Moroccan Foootball Federation president Fouzi Lekjaa triples as a CAF Executive and the assistant to the Controller of the Budget for Morocco’s Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Lekjaa and Morocco were heavy supporters of new CAF president Ahmad Ahmad’s election campaign.

The decision to announce a new host will be communicated within a fortnight.

FUFA President Moses Magogo was part of the meeting as a CAF Executive Committee member (Co-opted).

Uganda is among the 15 countries confirmed for the 2019 CHAN tournament having defeated South Sudan and Rwanda in the qualifiers.

The final tournament will be held between 11th January to 2nd February 2018.

Successful Countries

Northern Zone: Libya, Morocco

West Zone A & B: Mauritania, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso

Central Zone:  Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Cameroon, Guinea

Central East Zone: Uganda, Sudan

Southern Zone: Angola, Zambia, Namibia

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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