Mixed response from fans over CHAN hosting
25 February 2014, 14:22
Nairobi - Football fans across the country received the news of Kenya’s confirmation to host the 2018 African National Championship (CHAN) with mixed reactions.
On Monday, it was announced following a Confederation of African Football meeting that the country would host the continental tournament in four years time.
Some fans expressed optimism in the country’s ability to host the sporting event saying there was enough time to prepare.
They urged the local football federation to begin a process of ensuring e that the stadia and other infrastructure would be of standards acceptable by CAF.
Kenya lost the rights to host the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations due to inadequate preparations.
Evans Kipkurui was however optimistic saying that the country was now ready to host a major championship.
“The event will give the country an opportunity to develop economically,” he added.
Ronald Mossoin, another fan, said authorities must develop sports facilities if the country was to benefit from the event.
“We need more sports facilities in the counties. We need governors to emulate the good work being done by Alfred Mutua, the Governor for Machakos County,” said Mossoin.
Other fans however said that not much has changed in the county’s stadia since 1996 when Kenya’s Africa Cup of Nations rights were revoked.
“This could be a hindrance to successful hosting of the sport in 2018. I do not believe Kenya is ready to host the African Championship because we only have three major stadia, which might not be enough,” said Walter Cheruiyot.
– CAJ News