In Summary
  • On the calendar of excuses, we are back to 1996.
  • The ministry of sports, in co-operation with Football Kenya Federation (FKF), have been smiling at us and patting us in the back, trying to soothe us into believing that all is well about Kenya’s preparations to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan).
  • If we lose the hosting rights again, we beg the organisers should not allow us to bid for anything else ever again!

On the calendar of excuses, we are back to 1996.

The ministry of sports, in co-operation with Football Kenya Federation (FKF), have been smiling at us and patting us in the back, trying to soothe us into believing that all is well about Kenya’s preparations to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan).

We have visited stadiums earmarked for the championship, and we must admit that we are concerned.

This was the same thing that happened in 1996 when Kenya won the rights to host the African Cup of Nations.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) inspectors came back again and again, and our officials and the government took them everywhere except to the venues.

They were shown all animals in the game parks and we suppose they were even convinced to adopt some cheetahs. It is good to adopt a cheetah, but when Kenya does that to you, it tells a lot.

In the end, Caf, disgusted with our dilly-dallying, stripped us of the hosting rights and gave them to the newly-independent South Africa.

Those were shameful times indeed.

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