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Kenya to present joint bid with Rwanda, Uganda to host 2017 AFCON

English.news.cn   2014-08-28 09:04:07

NAIROBI, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda are discussing to present a joint bid to Confederation of African Football (CAF) to host the 2017 Africa Nations Cup (AFCON).

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Chairman Sam Nyamweya confirmed Wednesday plans are for the three countries to bid to host the Africa's premier football tourney jointly to cut cost.

"I am delighted that Uganda and Rwanda have received positively the proposal by FKF to jointly pursue interest in bidding to host the 2017 Orange CAF Africa Cup of Nations after the bids were reopened following the withdrawal of Libya as the host nation," said Nyamweya.

Libya withdrew as hosts of the 2017 African Nations Cup finals because of ongoing fighting in the country that has led to delays in plans to build new stadiums for the 16-team tournament.

The North African country had planned to build 11 stadiums at a cost of 314 million U.S. dollars, including a showpiece new 60,000-seater Austrian-built stadium on the site of a former military camp in Tripoli.

CAF then invited new bidders for the tournament. CAF say that countries wishing to host the tournament have until September 30 to express their interest. A decision on Libya's replacement will be made next year.

He said heads of football associations in the two countries have written to FKL backing the proposal saying they would love Kenya to further explore the opportunity of submitting to CAF a joint bid by the Sept. 30 deadline.

"We may bring the continent of Africa to our region as East Africans. I hope my colleagues in Tanzania, Burundi and the rest will follow suit so that we begin the process of preparing the bid," said Nyamweya.

FKF will liaise with the Ministries of Sports, Tourism, Foreign Affairs driven by the EAC Secretariat, to move with speed and work together to have a strong bid that will be successful.

Kenya had bid to host the 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN) after being time barred in their quest to win the 2019 Africa Nations Cup finals. CAF are due to decide the host countries for the 2019 and 2021 Nations Cup finals at a meeting in Addis Ababa on September 20. Algeria, Cameroon, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire and Zambia are bidding.

Editor: yanting
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