In Summary
  • Officials from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) arrive on Monday for an inspection visit that will ascertain Kenya’s preparedness for next year’s African Nations Championship (Chan).
  • Originally, the trip was due to start last Thursday but was postponed due to uncertainty following the annulled presidential elections.
  • The delegation, led by Caf’s second vice-president Constant Omari Selemani of D.R. Congo, will spend eight days in Kenya in this third and final inspection visit

Officials from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) arrive on Monday for an inspection visit that will ascertain Kenya’s preparedness for next year’s African Nations Championship (Chan).

Originally, the trip was due to start last Thursday but was postponed due to uncertainty following the annulled presidential elections.

The delegation, led by Caf’s second vice-president Constant Omari Selemani of D.R. Congo, will spend eight days in Kenya in this third and final inspection visit

At the same time, the government has insisted Kenya will host the Chan tournament despite growing fears that Caf may take the hosting rights away.

Sports Principal Secretary Peter Kaberia allayed fears Caf was set to take the tournament to another country, saying the African confederation had so far given the thumbs up to the preparations ahead of the three-week tournament that involves local-based footballers.

In 1996, Kenya got the chance to host the more prestigious Africa Cup of Nations tournament but due to the exigencies of the moment, the powers that be made sure the project was tanked up.

Now this is what happened.

The chairman of the then Kenya Football Federation was the late Joab Omino, who was an opposition Member of Parliament.

Now, the ruling power brokers in Kanu would never countenance the idea that an opposition MP would pull such a spectacular move that would make them hog all the limelight.

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