Kenya’s ambition to host the 2027 African Cup of Nations still on, says Sports CS

Sports CS Ababu Namwamba when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Labour and Social Welfare. He told the committee that the ministry was considering views from all stakeholders in the sporting ecosystem, to come up with all inclusive policies that targets the revival of sports in the country, adding that the country's bid to host 2027 AFCON was on./COURTESY

Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba has revealed that Kenya is preparing their bid to host the 2027 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) alongside Tanzania and Uganda.

Namwamba stated that Kenya managed to beat the CAF April 20th deadline for expression of interest in hosting the tournament.

The former Chief Administrative Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that he is working closely with the other sports ministers (Tanzania and Uganda) as well as Kenya Football Federation and they are in the right direction.

Meanwhile, there is stiff competition from other countries like Burkina Faso, Zambia, and Senegal who are also believed to be interested in hosting the competition.

If Kenya will secure the spot, another tough task will be the readiness of stadiums and financial abilities.

Countries with the intention to host the tournament, which is just four years away, are required to submit their official bids to CAF by May 23rd.

Sudan remains the only East African Country to host the tourney 53 years ago.