By Kimathi Kamau NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will now bid to host either the FIFA Under 17 or Under 20 World Cup after
being stripped of the right to stage the 2018 Africa Home Nations Championships
Kenya Federation (FKF) President, Nick Mwendwa, announced Monday the continental
governing body, CAF, had promised to give them priority to bid for the global
events when Africa hosts the next editions.
“We made our
presentation to CAF but they made it very clear that the political situation is
not conducive to host the tournament,” he said in Nairobi.
“There are no
sanctions whatsoever from CAF because the overall reason is not of our making.
If anything, we are discussing about hosting another tournament. The hosts for
the junior World Cups will be rotational after this year’s edition in India,”
the FKF boss added.
under-fire football chief added Kenya will not face punishment for the failure
to hold the CHAN noting the circumstances that led to its withdrawal as hosts
were beyond control.
reporters in Nairobi that CAF was not ready to risk to have CHAN in the country
preparing for the Oct. 26 presidential run off due to the simmering political
tensions as well as lack of developed stadium infrastructure to stage the
to test the venues in November and they argued that that would not be possible
with the current situation in the country. Every continent will get an
opportunity to host thereafter and CAF has promised us that will be given
priority for the 2019 tournaments,” Mwenwa said.
“We will be
putting up a bid for the Under 17 and Under 20 World Cups. The threshold is very
high but it is like that of CHAN. You need four stadia and 10 training grounds
and we think we will have that by then,” Mwendwa underscored.
official, Kirimi Kaberia who is the Principal Secretary at the Ministry of
Sports, Culture and the Arts said the State wa s not to blame for the withdrawal
of the tournament.
He added the
42 million U.S. dollars budget approved for the failed 2018 CHAN would still be
used to develop the stadiums in the country in readiness for the Under 17 and
Under 20 World Cup bids.
contracts are binding. The construction of the stadia will continue and the 42
million dollars will go to the stadia the same way if CHAN would be here. We
will build these stadia not just for CHAN but for the youth of Kenya,” the
former envoy said.
CAF will open
bids for the Under 17 and Under 20 World Cups later this year.