The government and the Football Kenya Federation remained confident of Kenya hosting the African Nations Championships despite lagging behind in preparations.
Confederation of Africa Football inspection team cancelled their tour last week but the Ministry of Sports, Culture & Arts, Principal Secretary Amb. Peter Kaberia stated this was due to the political situation in the country at the moment.
CAF second vice-president Constant Omar was in the country on Thursday and Kaberia in a press briefing took time to state the government’s commitment to having the tournament in Kenya.
“We have a top CAF official here and he is not here as a tourist but to meet the government and affirm their support and patience for Kenya as we prepare to host CHAN,” said Kaberia.
CHAN is a continental championships that is specific for home grown talent.
Kaberia said already the rehabilitation work at Nyayo Stadium, one of the venues was at an advanced stage while Kinoru Stadium and Kipchoge Keino and Machakos Stadium were also almost done.
He was speaking at the Ministry headquarters in Nairobi during the unveiling of their partnership with Kenya Airways as the official carrier for all teams representing Kenya in various events.
Kaberia said: “We are confident the tournament will be successfully held in Kenya. The CAF vice-president only came assess the political situation in the country after the Supreme Court of Kenya (SCOK) annulled the presidential election.
“We convinced him that the elections have nothing to do with our preparations for Chan, reminding him him we had the 2013 results contested in the same court but we later moved on as a country,” he added.
He said contractors are on the ground working hard to beat the deadline.
FKF boss Nick Mwendwa said her will present Kenya’s case during the CAF Executive Committee in Accra, Ghana, on September 23 in a meeting that will announce the final verdict on Chan.
“We know we are not up to date, but this is common in Africa. Very few countries save for Morocco, South Africa and Equatortial Guinea can boast of being ready to host any tournament,”
“I am going to Ghana to present a strong case for Kenya. But the CAF meeting will have to be preceded by an inspection tour before a final decision is made,” Mwendwa said.