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Resign over Chan flop? Forget it – FKF boss

Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa has changed tune regarding his earlier promise to resign should Kenya fail to host the 2018 Africa Nations Championship.

Mwendwa instead says he is focusing on ensuring the country hosts either the U20 or U17 FIFA World Cup in 2019.

“I only said I’d resign if the federation is in anyway responsible for the country not hosting the tournament. That isn’t the case; we are not the one tasked with building stadiums,” Mwendwa said in an interview on Monday.

POLITICAL CLIMATE

The FKF President also claimed that Kenya’s current political climate cost the country the opportunity to host the bi-annual football showpiece.

“There are some people at CAF who didn’t want us to host this competition. But it doesn’t matter much because Chan is gone anyway. I wish to announce we have the backing of Caf to bid for either the 2017 or 2019 FIFA World Cup.”

“But this means the construction works should go on. When the Fifa inspection teams comes here in February, they have to see complete stadiums and not those under construction.”

Mwendwa and Sports Secretary Hassan Wario were the butt of a public backlash after Caf President Ahmad Ahmad announced he’d stripped Kenya of the rights to host the competition.