NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has moved to forestall its withdrawal as
the hosts of the 2018 Africa Home Nations Championships (CHAN)
at Saturday’s Confederation of African Football Executive
Committee meeting after the country’s Government approved the 42
million U.S. dollar budget on Thursday.
approved an allocation of 42 million dollars to cover the
hosting of the Africa Nations Championships (CHAN), one in a
growing list of events Kenya has bid for as part of showcasing
our nation’s talent and promoting tourism," the presidency said
in a statement following a Cabinet meeting.
The financial guarantee from the State was the key
requirement by CAF to allow the 16-team, second-tier continental
football competition open to home grown players to be held in
the country from January 11 to February 4 , 2018.
Last week, the final inspection team from continental
governing body left the country without a word on the destiny of
the tournament with three of the four venues earmarked for the
tournament lagging in preparations.
Former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President, Sam
Nyamweya, then said on Monday it would be a ‘miracle’ of Kenya
is given the go ahead to stage the competition last held in
Rwanda in 2016.