After unsuccessful bids to host the African Cup of Nations (CAN) Kenya will vie for the hosting rights of the 2025 continental football extravaganza.
The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa said they will build on the hosting of the 2018 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) to bid for the 2025 African Nations Cup.
“Am sure that after hosting CHAN in 2018 we shall have gained hosting experience and improved our facilities and infrastructure to be in a good position of placing a successful bid for the Africa Cup of Nations,” he said.
Mwendwa made the revelations during a press conference after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) secretary general Hicham El Amrani completed his three day tour to inspect Kenya’s facilities for hosting CHAN in 2018.
“At the moment it is only our neighbor Rwanda that has expressed interest in hosting the 2025 African Cup of Nations but we shall also put up our bid for the same,” said Mwendwa.
Kenya officially lost out on any opportunity to host either 207, 2019 or 2021 African Cup of Nations tournaments.
Ethiopia were the last east African hosts in 1976 with cash-strapped Kenya withdrawing as 1996 hosts and South Africa taking over.
Gabon will host the 31st edition of the African Cup of Nations in 2017 as Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Guinea were named as future hosts of the Africa Cup of Nations by the Confederation of African Football (Caf).
In 2014, a vote of the executive committee, meeting in the Ethiopian capital, awarded Cameroon the 2019 finals and Ivory Coast will stage the 2021 edition.
In an unscheduled announcement Caf also decided to hand Guinea the right to host the 2023 finals.
Algeria and Zambia lost out in the bidding process. The Democratic Republic of Congo had withdrawn from the race two months ago.
Cameroon, who will stage the tournament in 2019, previously staged the Nations Cup in 1972. Cameroon’s bid was centred on four venues in Bafoussam, Douala, Garoua and Yaounde.
Ivory Coast, awarded the 2021 edition, are also former hosts, having staged the Cup of Nations in 1984. The Ivorians plan to use five cities – Abidjan, Bouake, Korhogo, San Pedro and the capital Yamoussoukro.
The 2023 hosts were not expected to be named at the executive committee meeting.