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Kenya launches bid to co-host Africa Cup of Nations in 2027

Kenya aims to submit a bid to co-host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations with other East African nations.

With the ultimate goal of making history by qualifying for the men’s World Cup for the first time in 2030, the Kenyan government has approved the idea.

The Harambee Stars have participated in the Nations Cup just twice since 1993, and because their nation was serving a global football ban, they were disqualified from qualifying for the 2023 finals.

The Fifa, the global governing body, dropped the penalty last month.

To host the competition, Kenya would need to make investments in infrastructure and stadiums.

Kenya only has one stadium that has been approved by the Confederation of African Football to hold international matches, compared to Cameroon’s usage of six venues to host the delayed 2021 edition earlier this year (Caf).

The Nyayo National Stadium is located in Nairobi, the country’s capital.

Four months prior to the finals, Kenya was deprived of the opportunity to host the 2018 African Nations Championship because a number of venues were not prepared.

According to a statement from the Kenyan government, in an effort to “revive the prospects of Kenyan football,” the cabinet has “sanctioned the revitalisation of football as a fundamental element of our nation’s social fabric.”

The statement said, “This national endeavor will include the reconstruction of the national men’s squad and women’s team.”

Cabinet stated that the combined bid would use sports’ ability to promote regional cooperation.

Tanzania and Uganda, Kenya’s neighbors, may co-host the 24-team tournament with Kenya, but none has responded to the government of Kenya’s announcement.

For the 2027 Nations Cup, Botswana and Namibia have already declared a combined bid.

With a deadline of 16 December for finalized proposals – containing paperwork, suggested host cities, and government guarantees – to reach Caf’s Cairo headquarters, the process to select a new host for the 2025 finals is still ongoing.

The finals were originally given to Guinea, but due to a lack of modern infrastructure and facilities, the West African nation was deprived of hosting duties at the beginning of October.

Guinea had almost a decade to be ready for the championships after being requested to host in 2025 rather than 2023, which it had been originally selected to host in 2014.

The official hosting agreement for the 2023 Nations Cup, which will actually take place in early 2024, was signed by the government of Ivory Coast and Caf last month.

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