Peoples Digest Online- The CAF Executive Committee under the chairmanship of CAF President Ahmad, met fon Saturday, 23 September 2017 in Accra, Ghana where the decision to strip Kenya off the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship was made.
The Committee deliberated on alot of items on the agenda and issued a statement saying, ‘with an overwhelming majority of the members present, it was decided 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 Acting General Secretary has been instructed to immediately open a bidding process for a new host. The deadline for receipt of applications is seven days from Sunday, 24 September 2017. The identity of the bidding countries will be disclosed within a maximum 15 days of the opening of the bidding process’
It is the second time the regional economic powerhouse has lost the right to stage a CAF competition after being replaced by South Africa as 1996 Africa Cup of Nations hosts.
Kenya would have been the second successive east African country to stage the CHAN after Rwanda in 2016. Other hosts since the 2009 inception of the Nations Championship were the Ivory Coast, Sudan and South Africa.