Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
Football Kenya Federation has expressed its disappointment with the decision of Africa’s football apex body CAF to strip Kenya the Rights to host the upcoming CHAN 2018 tournament. The federation is of the view that it did everything humanly possible to ensure that CHAN 2018 became a reality both to Kenyans and the entire East African Region.
Unfortunately, lack of up-to-standard infrastructure to host the competition and the need to improve the existing ones meant that Kenya would inevitably play second fiddle to better-placed countries that have invested heavily in infrastructure development over the years. Today’s decision, though unfavorable to Kenya as a whole, marks a new dawn for Kenyan football in particular and sport in general due to the ongoing infrastructure development that endeavors to ensure that the country has at least four modern stadiums and a number of training pitches, key in developing the game going forward.
Despite the decision, the federation would like to thank the men and women of integrity that worked tirelessly to ensure that the CHAN dream becomes a reality. Special thanks go to CAF president Mr. Ahmad Ahmad and members of his technical team that traversed the country on numerous inspection visits, the Kenyan government for its unwavering goodwill signified by the recent cabinet approval of Ksh 4.2 billion earmarked for the preparation of the tournament.
Others include Cabinet Secretary for Sports Cabinet Secretary Dr. Hassan Wario, his Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia, CHAN 2018 LOC members led by FKF CEO Robert Muthomi and Events Director Herbert Mwachiro, all Kenyans of goodwill that believed in Kenya’s ability to see the tournament to its logical end and FA presidents that supported our bid to host the same. Lastly, the federation would like to state that its resolve and commitment to change the game for the better remains stronger and will take positives from the CAF decision, this even as we continue to engage the CAF leadership on the possibility of hosting both upcoming and future CAF competitions.
• This media release was originally published by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) on 23 September 2017. To access the original, please click here.
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