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CHAN 2018: Kenya stripped of Hosting rights

24 Septembre 2017

Kenya were stripped Saturday of the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) after a Caf executive committee meeting in Accra.

Receiving the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Dr Ahmad Ahmad, and a delegation from the continental body, including its First Vice- President, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, at the Flagstaff House yesterday, Dr Bawumia said it was undeniable that the government and the people of Ghana were passionate about football; hence, government's commitment to ensuring that the sport succeeded at all levels.

Slow preparations for the January 12/February 4 tournament led to a decision widely anticipated for several weeks.

"With an overwhelming majority of the members present, it was made a decision to withdraw the hosting rights of the competition from Kenya in the light of accumulated delays from reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country, the last of which took place from 11 to 17 September 2017", the CAF statement read.

Nations wishing to replace Kenya have until October 1 to submit bids with the new hosts to be named next month.

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Kenya, who are supposed to complete the number, will now be missing, as there have been speculations that either Morocco or South Africa will take their place.

Some Caf officials also expressed concern about the political situation in Kenya, where recently annulled presidential elections are set to be rerun late October.

It is the second time Kenya has lost the right to stage a CAF competition after being replaced by South Africa as 1996 Africa Cup of Nations hosts.

Meanwhile, the home-based Super Eagles of Nigeria have qualified for the finals, alongside Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.

Zambia withdrew as host of the eight-nation competition on financial grounds.

CHAN 2018: Kenya stripped of Hosting rights