Kenya’s bid to host 2019 AFCON up in smoke
Kenya’s bid to host 2019 AFCON up in smoke

Kenya’s bid to host 2019 AFCON up in smoke

In mid February 2013, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) revealed its intention to host the 2017 African Youth Championship (AYC) as well as the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

But FKF will now have to re-plan as Zambia has been confirmed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as host of the U20 Championship.

Issa Hayatou

- Football Kenya Federation jointly with the Ministry of Youth affairs and Sports are in the process of submitting a bid to host Africa’s top football show piece the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations as well as the 2017 Africa Youth Championships (AYC), said FKF in a communique sent out on 16 February 2013.

The decision to award Zambia was made after the CAF Executive Committee met under the chairmanship of President Issa Hayatou at the headquarters of the African football governing body in Cairo, Egypt from 21-22 September, 2013.


With Kenya beaten to 2017 AYC by Zambia, they are naturally out of consideration to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations as they needed to host a Youth competition first.

In placing bids for the two events, FKF had stated;

- Kenya already has two existing FIFA/ CAF approved stadiums the MISC Kasarani and the Nyayo National Stadium and two other venues will be upgraded ,the Moi Stadium Kisumu and the Mombasa Municipal Stadium have also been earmarked .

DR Congo

-With great Commercial activity from sponsors, as well as the well developed Media and Television networks Kenya stands tops in Africa as favorites to win these two bids,

Other than Kenya, Zambia and DR Congo had publicly declared interest in hosting the 2019 CAN.

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