The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: FKF Confirm Bid for 2019 Nations Cup and 2015 Youth Tourney

A chance to atone for the missed opportunity of hosting the 1996 African Cup of Nations is in the pipeline after Football Kenya Federation (FKF) announced plans to bid for the 2019 Africa's top football showpiece as well as the 2015 Africa Youth Championships.

Kenya FA President Sam Nyamweya confirmed in a signed statement that the federation has received backing from the government to bid for the two tournaments.

"We can now confirm that the government through the Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports has given us a green light to bid for the aforementioned Championships."

"The bid boost received a short in the arm by the recent visit to the country by Mr Bernard Mfubusa from Rwanda, who's mission to inspect existing stadia's and hotels," added the FKF supremo.

DRC Congo, Nigeria and Zimbabwe will give Kenya stiff competition to host the biennial African soccer showpiece as they have also indicated willingness to host the tourney.

Kenya already has two existing Fifa/CAF approved stadiums--Moi, Kasarani and the Nyayo National Stadium while two other venues--Moi Kisumu and Mombasa Municipal Stadium--will be upgraded and have already been earmarked to stage matches.

"With great commercial activity from sponsors, as well as the well developed media and television networks, Kenya stands top in Africa as favourites to win these two bids. As a federation, we are excited with the support of our parent Ministry in this ambitious mission."

Kenya missed out on hosting the 1996 Nations Cup despite having a bid accepted by CAF after failing to secure funds. The event was then held in South Africa.

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