Kenya’s cabinet has approved the country’s hopeful bid to co-host 2027 AFCON alongside other East African Community Nations.
The Cabinet – which was chaired by President William Ruto said Kenya hosting the coveted continental showpiece alongside other EAC nations will go a long way in helping Harambee Stars achieve its ambitious target of qualifying for the 2030 Fifa World Cup.
According to Nation, the cabinet also authorized the development of football in the country as a way of reviving the sport in the country.
“In a bid to revive the prospects of Kenyan football, Cabinet sanctioned the revitalisation of football as a key cog of our nation’s social fabric. The national effort will encompass the rebuilding of the national men’s team, Harambee Stars, and the rebuilding of the women’s national team, the Harambe Starlets,” said the Cabinet.
“As a stepping stone towards the target of Harambee Stars qualifying for the Fifa World Cup in the year 2030, Cabinet approved the proposal to host the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in 2027, alongside EAC partner states. Cabinet noted that the joint bid would deploy the power of sports in furthering regional integration.”
Kenya was awarded to host the 1996 AFCON but the Confederation of African (CAF) stripped it of the rights to host the continental showpiece due to the poor state of sports facilities in the country.
It was the same reason CAF stripped Kenya of the rights to host the 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN).
The country has qualified for the competition in 1972, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2004 and 2019.