CAF Strips Kenya of CHAN 2018 Hosting Rights

CAF Strips Kenya of CHAN 2018 Hosting Rights

Excitement among Kenyans over the possibility of hosting the prestigious 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN) was rudely curtailed when the rights were withdrawn by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) over the lack of preparedness that CAF's inspectorate team found in Kenya.

"With an overwhelming majority of the members present, it was made a decision to withdraw the host of the competition from Kenya in the light of the accumulated delays and various reports of the inspection missions conducted in the country, the last of which took place from 11 to 17 September 2017, "said the pan-African body in a statement issued on Saturday evening".

CAF made the decision to take the tournament away from Kenya at an executive committee meeting in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday.

And on the issue of who the new host country of the 2018 CHAN would be, CAF stated that a bidding process for new hosts will be opened immediately.

Morocco are also regarded as a last-minute hosts for this competition and their hosting of two major competitions in straight years could only boost their chances of hosting a 48-team World Cup in 2026.

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

The government on Sunday remained mum despite a backlash from Kenyans for failing to host a continental football tournament despite a promise by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013.

"There are some people at CAF who didn't want us to host this competition".

Africa has had a succession of problems with host countries for its tournaments.

16 teams in the CAF champions league and the CAF Confederation cup have now been whittled down to just four, heading to the semi-finals, after the last leg of the quarter finals wound up over the weekend.