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Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 20:29 EAT
Nairobi, Eldoret, Meru and possibly Machakos are among the cities earmarked to host the 2018 Total African Nations Championship 2018 (CHAN) in Kenya. And to set the ball rolling for the competitions, the recently-gazetted Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has since held its first meeting.
The meeting was held last week at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani and chaired by Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa. It discussed a wide range of issues touching on the country's level of preparedness and the visit by CAF Inspection officials which started on Monday and ends on February 25.
"I am happy that the LOC has met for the first time since it was gazetted," said the FKF President in a press statement, adding, "We have discussed a number of issues ranging from our general level of preparedness, what we need to do in terms of improving our infrastructure to the required CAF standards."
"We have also discussed the high level CAF inspection scheduled to take place between 20 and 24 February 2017. It is vital to point out that the outcome of the inspection will determine further our capability and capacity to successfully host CHAN 2018 in Kenya.
“As the host nation we want to remove any doubts during the inspection and assure CAF and Africa as a whole that Kenya will be ready in time and successfully host the 2018 CHAN,” he said.
The reason for this critical inspection visit is to determine the progress of Kenya's readiness in hosting the CHAN 2018 tournament. This is a high level follow up to two visits already done in 2016.
The inspection will be on the various stadia that will be hosting the competition, training grounds, hospitals and hotels that will accommodate CAF delegations, officials and the participating teams.
The event set to kick off on January 11, will be the biggest football event Kenya has ever hosted.