FKF blames political temperatures for CHAN loss

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has blamed the political temperature being witnessed in the country for the withdrawal of hosting the CHAN tournament by CAF in January next year

Speaking to media on Monday in Nairobi,FKF chair Nick Mwendwa and Sports, Culture and Arts Permanent Secretary Peter Kaberia, said that they tried their part to prove to CAF’s committee in Accra ,Ghana that they were capable of hosting the tournament but all was in vain.

The Ps said that, there were so many reasons that led to the pull out which was occasioned by political situation in the country.

‘’We have lost CHAN and we are disappointed by this,” said the PS.

‘’It will be fair to give Kenya a chance when there is no politics going on in a year when we shall have determined our issues,” said Mwendwa.

The PS called for collaboration between the government and the federation so as to deliver the necessary infrastructure to host such a mega tournament.

Hosting the Chan tournament requires just four match venues and another eight for training, something that would have been easily achievable had the right kind of seriousness been exerted.

Most Kenyans have said It is unforgivable that several CAF inspection teams came to Kenya and there were still no serious efforts made to comply with their requirements.

Apart from the national government, equally taking some blame are the county governments. Apart from the former Meru Governor, Peter Munya whose legacy includes an international stadium, many other governors have not done much in this sector.

On Sunday, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) captured the huge disappointment of missing out on the tournament by pointing out that they did their best to ensure the country hosted CHAN.

But the federation sought to look at the positive side of the snub by pointing out that it marked a new dawn for Kenyan football in particular and sport in general, due to the ongoing infrastructure development that endeavors to ensure that the country has at least four modern stadiums and a number of training pitches.