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Kenya keen on hosting AFCON 2017

26 August 2014, 11:57

Nairobi - Football Kenya Federation have declared their interest in hosting the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, following Lybia's withdrawal as hosts.

Lybia had swapped their hosting rights with South Africa, who hosted the tournament in 2013. However, because of security concerns, the North Africans have decided against hosting.

Kenya will host the 2018 African Nations Championships, but are considering making a bid to host the AFCON the year before as well.

"FKF views this as another opportunity to bring Africa's greatest soccer showpiece to our great nation and coming so soon after CAF handed us the right to host the 2018 Orange CAF Africa Nations Championships," Sam Nyamweya said in a statement.

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

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

"We believe it may enhance the region's chances on the understanding that CAF did make that recommendation when they announced the opening of bids."

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