Kenya launches bid to host 2017 Cup of Nations after Libya’s withdrawal

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Football Kenya Federation have entered race to bid to host 2017 Orange Caf African Cup of Nations following recent withdrawal by Libya.

A statement from Kenya FA signed by President Sam Nyamweya and obtained by Goal stated in part, “Football Kenya Federation wishes to announce Kenya’s interest in putting in a bid to host 2017 Orange CAF Africa Cup of Nations, which opened following withdrawal of Libya as host nation.

“We view this as another opportunity to bring Africa’s greatest soccer showpiece to our great nation and coming so soon after Caf handed us rights to host 2018 Orange Caf Africa Nations Championships.

“FKF is in the process of consultations with relevant stakeholders and government before submitting our bid before September 30, 2014, deadline.

“We are also alive to exploring possibilities of putting a joint bid with our neighbours Tanzania, who have already showed interest and Uganda as well as Rwanda.

“This we belief may enhance region’s chances on understanding that Caf did make that recommendation when they announced opening of bids on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

“Further communication will be made in due course and once all the details of fresh bid are concluded.”

Libya withdrew after a delegation from country’s Ministry of Youth and Sports that included the President of Libyan Football Federation revealed in a meeting with Caf President Issa Hayatou that owing to the unstable security situation in the country, they would not be able to host Afcon in 2017.

Consequently, Secretary General of Caf, Hicham El Amrani, dispatched a circular on August 23, 2014, to all 54 member associations informing them of the decision and opening bids for hosting of 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

“The designation of the Host for this competition will be made according to the statutory provisions of Caf, especially in conformity with articles 27 to 47 of the Regulations Governing Application of Caf Statutes.

“The Caf headquarters in Cairo will receive applications until Tuesday, September 30, 2014,” said a statement from Caf.

The statement added, “In addition to government guarantee and considering limited time left for the organization of 2017 edition, Caf Executive Committee will select a host country whose dossier guarantees that accommodation, transportation and hotels facilities, as well as training sites and stadiums already exist.

“The designation of the host country will be made at a meeting of the Executive Committee in 2015.”