President Ruto promises a world class AFCON event in 2027


President William Ruto has promised a world-class African Cup of Nations event after the country secured the rights to host the 2027 AFCON.

Speaking in Nairobi, President Ruto assured the Sports Ministry and football fans that the government will fully support the 2027 AFCON preparations after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awarded Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania rights to host the event.

“We are very proud of this achievement. We will mobilize every person and every sector to make sure that we deliver a world-class football event in 2027,” Ruto said.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Tanzanian counterpart Samia Suluhu also reacted to the news, thanking the organizers for putting up a good case for East Africa.

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On 19th September, The Ministry of Sports handed over four stadiums including Nyayo and Kasarani to the Kenya Defence Forces for renovations in readiness for the continental matches. 

Previously, CAF officials denied any international football match to be played in Kenya due to poor infrastructure.

Kenya presented the Moi International Sports Complex in Kasarani, Nyayo Stadium, and Kipchoge Keino as the major facilities that will host the games and other training grounds.

This will be the first time ever the African Cup of Nations will be hosted in East Africa.