Sports / Updates
Friday, 24 Feb 2017 15:44 EAT
The Kenya government has set aside Sh2.7 billion to the 2018 Total CHAN Championships which kicks off in Kenya in January 2018. Sports Arts and Culture Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario Friday assured Kenyans that all preparations were on course and the money would be released in two batches.
Addressing the press at the ministry headquarters in Nairobi, Dr Wario said the money would be put to good use with a view to ensuring that Kenya hosts a successful CHAN tournament in 2018. The tournament, to run under the aegis of the African Football Confederation (CAF), is restricted to home-based players.
The tournament does not feature foreign-based professionals as it is geared towards giving home-based players a chance to showcase their talent. It will kick off on January 11 at four venues which have been identified by the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), namely, Nairobi's Nyayo National Stadium, Safaricom Stadium Kasarani, Kinoru Stadium-Meru and Kiopchoge Keino in Eldoret. Machakos Stadium is also being spruced up and could also be used if the need arises.
Dr Wario gave the assurance Friday when he met CAF Inspectors, led by CAF First Vice-President Seketu Patel, who have been inspecting the venues since Monday. Also in the team, among other officials, was former Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) President and CAF Executive Committee member Leodegar Tenga.
The inspectors, said they were impressed by the progress Kenya is making it its preparations for the event and look forward to the venues being ready by October. They will return in June. The CHAN 2018 will be the biggest football tournament Kenya has ever hosted.