NAIROBI, Kenya-The Confederation of African Football (CAF) inspection team completed a four-day trip to Kenya to assess its readiness for the 2018 Africa Nations Championships.
The team led by CAF 2nd Vice-President, Constant Omari Selemani, who doubles up as the Democratic Republic of Congo Football Association President arrived in the country on Monday for the assessment that was delayed due to the simmering political tension in the country.
Kenya was handed hosting rights of the 16-team biennial tournament after yet another East African nation, Rwanda, successfully hosted the last edition in 2016.
The team began the trip with a tour of Nyayo Stadium on Tuesday, flew to Meru County on Wednesday to inspect the Kinoru Stadium works before visiting the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Thursday.
Their last stop was at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium on Friday morning after the trip to Machakos’ Kenyatta Stadium was scrapped off their schedule.
“Machakos was just an alternative. We wanted to concentrate on works in Eldoret, Nyayo and Kinoru. Our worry is the slow works at Kipchoge Keino but we have urged the contractors to speed up so that it’s ready latest by December 1,” Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa said.
“Works at Kinoru are fast because it’s being done round the clock same to Nyayo. Hopefully they will be ready in time. The inspectors will have their report which will be presented at the upcoming CAF Congress in Ghana on September 23 to determine way forward,” he added.
Deputy Head of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Herbert Mwachiro exuded confidence in ensuring Kenya hosts the competition.
“There are two different contractors here (Kipchoge Keino). The president of FKF, who is the LOC chairman, is right on coordinated efforts between the contractors to make sure everything is completed in time. We don’t want to shed tears seeing this tourney taken away again from Kenya,” Mwachiro said at the Kipchoge.
A planned press conference for Saturday by the CAF inspectors and federation officials has reportedly been cancelled with no explanation from the federation.