Football Kenya Federation’s President, Nick Mwendwa, on his own when he accompanied Confederation of African Football officials to inspect the construction work going on at Kipchoge Stadium in Eldoret town on September 15, 2017. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYAFootball Kenya Federation’s President, Nick Mwendwa, on his own when he accompanied Confederation of African Football officials to inspect the construction work going on at Kipchoge Stadium in Eldoret town on September 15, 2017. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA
By BRIAN YONGA

Morocco has replaced Kenya as the hosts of next year’s Africa Nations Championship (Chan), the Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced on Saturday.

The Emergency Committee of Caf chaired by president Mr Ahmad Ahmad, met on Saturday in Lagos, Nigeria, and unanimously decided to grant the organization of the fifth edition of Africa second tier’s football competition to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.

According to Caf online, Morocco had been a candidate following Caf’s decison to strip Kenya of the hosting rights on September 23 following a meeting in Accra, Ghana, by the Caf Executive Committee, which, in accordance with the statutes and the deadlines, had the same day allowed the Emergency Committee to conduct the bidding process to select a new host country.

PREFERRED CANDIDACY

The candidacy of Morocco was preferred to that of Equatorial Guinea, another country to have submitted a valid application.

The Ethiopian Football Federation, which had also expressed its willingness to host the tournament, did not provide the government’s letter of guarantee, which is a mandatory document required by the rules of application of the Statutes of the Caf.

Next year’s competition is set for January 12 to 4 February and will bring together 16 national teams composed exclusively of players playing in the national championships of their respective countries.