August 23rd 2017

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Kenya gets CAF thumbs up for 2018 CHAN preps

The Nairobi sites are the Nyayo National Stadium and Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani. The 2017 CHAN tournament, kicking off on January 11, will be the biggest football event ever staged in Kenya.

By David JagongoThursday, 16 Mar 2017 13:15 EAT

Issa Hayatou

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has lauded Kenya's preparations for hosting the 2018 CHAN tournament. This was among the resolutions taken by CAF executive Committee at a meeting in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, chaired by Confederation President Issa Hayatou. "Significant progress has been made on the ground and there is a strong government commitment to host the competition and make it a success,'' CAF said in a news dispatch from Addis Ababa.

This comes after the inspection mission to Kenya from February 20 to 24, led by CAF First Vice President, Suketu Patel. The inspection team visited the various sites, including Nairobi, with two stadiums, Eldoret, Meru and Machakos. The Nairobi sites are the Nyayo National Stadium and Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani. The 2017 CHAN tournament, kicking off on January 11, will be the biggest football event ever staged in Kenya.

Other resolutions passed at the meeting:

Total U-17 AFCON Gabon 2017

The proposal of the Local Organizing Committee to have Franceville and Port-Gentil as venues for the competition was confirmed, with the tournament taking place from 14 to 28 May 2017.

Total U-20 AFCON Zambia

A  letter of congratulations to the Zambian government authorities and the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) for the excellent organization of the competition which was a success on all levels.

Women's Tournaments

The qualifiers schedule for the 11th edition of the Total Women's AFCON, Ghana 2018, was adopted. The preliminaries will begin on 26 February 2018.

In accordance with the international harmonized calendar for women's competitions, the final tournament will take place from 17 November to 1 December 2018.

The calendars of the African Zone qualifiers for the U-20 and U-17 Women's World Cups were also adopted. Recommendation was made to the CAF Secretariat to proceed with the opening of nominations in order to select the host country for the 2020 edition of the Total Women's Africa Cup of Nations.

In addition, the CAF Executive Committee unanimously recommended the CAF Disciplinary Board to proceed with the case of COSAFA President, Philip Chiyangwa for disrespecting CAF. CAF noted that Chiyangwa, also President of Zimbabwe Football Federation has in the recent past issued statements that attack CAF, its president and members of the executive.

The meeting asked the CAF Secretary-General to proceed with the ongoing legal action on the proceedings in Egypt, on the contract between CAF and Lagardere Sports, who hold marketing and media rights for a number of CAF competitions. CAF re-stated that everything was done above , in compliance with CAF statutes laws and regulations.

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