FUFA President Moses Magogo has said the federation is ready to have a joint bid with Kenya to co-host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), but added that they will still need government clearance. Speaking to URN in a phone interview on Thursday, Magogo confirmed that the Kenya FA has contacted them on the possibility of a joint bid with Rwanda.
Speaking to URN in a phone interview on Thursday, Magogo confirmed that the Kenya FA has contacted them on the possibility of a joint bid with Rwanda.
Magogo explained that that they have asked Kenya to make the request formal so that they can consult with the government to see if they can give them clearance.
This development comes after Libya who had been selected to host the 2017 Afcon event pulled out over a week ago because of the political instability on-going in the North African country. This has led to delays in plans to build stadiums. Libya had hoped to build 11 stadiums at a cost of 314 million US dollars to be able to host a successful event.
The Confederation of African Football (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.
Magogo explained that the Ugandan football federation cannot simply agree on Kenya’s bid to co-host before a number of issues are sorted. He said this matter needs government because it involves lots of things like security and funding.
On Wednesday, Sam Nyamweya, the President Football Kenya Federation (FKF), confirmed that there were plans to have the three countries bid to host the event. But Magogo said even if the government does not give them a green light on co-hosting, they will support Kenya in any way as they try to bid to have the competition come to the region.
Other countries that declared interest to host the continental event include Ethiopia and Ghana. Ethiopia, who hosted the tournament in 1962, 1968 and 1976, say they will submit their proposal immediately.
Ethiopia Football Federation president Junedin Basha was quoted by the BBC as saying the country has two ready venues, “the Addis Ababa and the Bahir Dar stadiums, and the construction of the other venues has also reached to a good level.”
On Tuesday Ghana sports minister Mahama Ayariga announced on his Twitter page that the West African nation would bid to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.