Kenya seeks a joint EAC bid to host 2017

FKF President Sam Nyamweya

AfconFOOTBALL KENYA FEDERATION (FKF) has announced that they will put a joint bid with East Africa Community neighbors to host the 2017 Africa Cup of following the withdrawal of Libya who were to host the tournament. 

The FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya said in a statement on Monday that, “We view this as another opportunity to bring Africa’s greatest soccer showpiece to our great nation and coming so soon after Caf handed us rights to host 2018 Orange Caf Africa Nations Championships.

 ”FKF is in the process of consultations with relevant stakeholders and government before submitting our bid before September 30, 2014, deadline.

“We are also alive to exploring possibilities of putting a joint bid with our neighbours Tanzania, who have already showed interest and Uganda as well as Rwanda.

“This we believe may enhance region’s chances on understanding that Caf did make that recommendation when they announced opening of bids on Saturday August 23, 2014.

“Further communication will be made in due course and once all the details of a fresh bid are concluded.”

Kenya were awarded the rights to host the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996 but pulled out to due to lack of government funding with South Africa hosting the event and winning it.

Kenya is set to also host the Africa Nations championship (Chan) in 2018. The CAF Executive Committee met on August 24 this year and decided to apply to host the continent’s top soccer showpiece in 2017 due to the unstable security situation in the country.

When Libya decided not to host the competition, Caf’sSecretary General Hicham El Amranidispatched a circular to all 54 member associations informing them of the decision and invited new bidders for the tournament.

In addition to the government guarantee, and considering the limited time left for the organisation of the 2017 edition, the CAF Executive Committee will select a host country whose dossier guarantees that accommodation, transportation and hotels facilities, as well as training sites and stadiums already exist.

Another condition is that a hosting nation must have conducted one youth tournament before. CAF said that countries wishing to host the tournament have until September 30 this year to express their interest. The host country will be chosen at a meeting of the Executive Committee in 2015.