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Uganda seeks clearance for joint Kenyan 2017 AFCON bid

29 August 2014, 10:57

Nairobi - The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) on Thursday said it will wait for government clearance before accepting a joint bid with Kenya to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Moses Magogo, the FUFA president told Xinhua in an interview that the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has contacted them on possibilities of a joint bid for co-hosting together with Rwanda.

"We are okay with having a joint bid, but having the Afcon in our region is not a small matter. We have asked Kenya to make the request formal in writing so that we can consult with the government to see if they can give us clearance on this," Magogo said.

"We need to get government clearance because this involves lots of things like security and also requires the government to invest," he added.

This development comes after Libya, who had been selected to host the 2017 Afcon event, pulled out over a week ago because of the ongoing political instability in the country.

Confederation of African Football, the continent's football governing body said countries wishing to host the tournament have until Sept. 30 to express their interest. A decision on Libya's replacement will be made next year.

Sam Nyamweya, the President of the FKF confirmed that there were plans to have the three countries bid to host the event.
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