BY SAMSON MBII,NAIROBI,25TH SEPT 2017-NASA leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has told the government to take full responsibility for Kenya’s loss of the CHAN hosting rights.
Addressing the press in South B estate in Nairobi on Monday when he visited ailing football legend Joe Kadenge, Odinga noted that the government deliberately delayed putting in place necessary arrangements including ensuring that stadiums were ready despite CAF having communicated on timelines.
“In 2013, the Jubilee government, in their manifesto, promised five new stadia yet nothing has become of it. This is a big shame bearing in mind that countries like Burkina Fasso and Rwanda have better pitches compared to Kenya,” Odinga said, adding, “It is clear that Chan will be now hosted by Morocco .The government, it seems, never studied their own manifesto.”
Odinga also absolved Football Kenya Federation from blame noting that had stadia been built on time, the CHAN rights could not have been lost.
CAF on Sunday stripped Kenya of the hosting rights it had awarded her three years ago citing unpreparedness and tense political atmosphere.
Caf’s decision has been meet with fury by the football stakeholders with many calling on Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario to resign.
But FKF president Nick Mwendwa and Sports PS Peter Kaberia who earlier Addressed the press said political temperatures and unpredictability of the situation in the country were to blame .