BY SAMSON MBII,NAIROBI,25TH SEPT 2017-Political uncertainty and slow construction of stadiums across the country are among the major reasons why the confederation of Africa football stripped Kenya of rights to hold the CHAN tournament early next year. Football Federations of Kenya president Nick Mwendwa has said.
Addressing the press on Monday in A Nairobi Hotel,Mwendwa who was accompanied by Sports secretary Peter Kaberia says the meeting held together with CAF officials in Accra Ghana On Sunday failed to convince the federation to give Kenya a go ahead.
According to Mwendwa the confederation which was set to send a final team of inspectors in November to Kenya to check the progress made especially in working on the stadiums was categorical that the unpredictable political situation could not allow for that move. Mwendwa who also seemed to differ with sports PS Peter Kaberia with Mwendwa blaming the move by CAF to delay in releasing funds meant for rehabilitation work on the stadiums.On his part Kaberia was categorical that it was political temperatures which CAF believed were not conducive in the country.”I can tell you for a fact that unpredictable political scenario in Kenya is to blame.As you can see we tried to explain the situation but unfortunately the decision had been made”.Said the PS.
Mwendwa also exonerated himself from any blame saying having come into office in February 2014 they took close to a year waiting for instructions to start work as a new FKF management ,the same has also happened when it comes to release of funds.
ALL IS NOT LOST
Mwendwa has also sought to assure Kenyans who are agitated by the move that all was not lost after CAF promised to support Kenya in hosting the 2019 under 17 world cup. Mwendwa says CAF has given them assurance that the tournament which is being hosted by India this year is organized on rotational basis giving Kenya another chance to put its house in order.
Mwendwa however says for the tournament to be held in Kenya the stadiums must be ready by February next year. Sports PS Peter Kaberia says the construction and rehabilitation of the stadiums that was ongoing as a part of CHAN preparations will continue since there was already cash released for the same purpose.