NAIROBI, Kenya-The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has received a shot in the arm ahead of Saturday’s Confederation of African Football Executive Committee meeting when the Government approved the KSh4.2 billion (USD40.667m) budget to host the 2018 Africa Home Nations Championships.
The financial guarantee from the State was the key requisite requirement from 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 next year.
“Cabinet approved an allocation of Kshs4.2 Billion 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,” a statement on the official website of the Presidency stated following the Cabinet meeting on Thursday.
“I have always been confident and this is another statement to show how serious we are. This is good news and we are grateful to the government for showing this commitment.
“We will be making our presentation on Saturday and we hope that we can convince the faction in CAF that believes we do not what have what it takes to deliver this,” the delighted FKF President, Nick Mwendwa told SportPesa News.
Last week, the final inspection team from CAF left the country without a word on the fate of the 2018 CHAN in Kenya with three of the four venues earmarked for the tournament lagging behind in preparations.
With the State guarantee out of the way, the FKF delegation to the CAF meeting in Accra, Ghana led by Mwendwa has an easier task of convincing the Executive Committee that renovation works at Nyayo (Nairobi), Dr. Kipchoge Keino (Eldoret) and Kinoru (Meru) stadiums will be ready ahead of the January kick-off.
The 60,000-seater Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani which is Kenya’s sporting cathedral, is the only facility ready to host an international event with only minor adjustments needed after it successfully hosted the 2017 IAAF World Under 18 Championships in July.