Kenya will host the African Nations Championship (Chan) tournament in 2024. The government decided this on Monday, October 9, 2023. They want to use this tournament to get ready for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations, which Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania will host.
Kenya’s cabinet approved the plan to host the Chan tournament. This is a big deal for Kenya, and they are excited about it.
The government is also hosting other football events. They will have the Cecafa under-18 championship in November 2023 and the Afcon under-15 (pan African schools’ football) Cecafa region championship in December 2023.
Moses Magogo, the Fufa president, wants to host the Chan tournament too. He said this after winning the bid to host the 2027 Afcon, which they call ‘East Africa Pamoja.’
Kenya’s government is also making plans for the stadiums. They want to improve the sports facilities. They will build the Talanta Sports Complex in Nairobi and renovate Nyayo National Stadium, Moi International Sports Centre – Kasarani, and Kipchoge Keino Stadium.
Tanzania and Uganda are also planning to build new stadiums. But Kenya is ahead in its preparations.
The Talanta Sports Complex will be a big stadium with 60,000 seats. It will have parking, training fields, a commercial area called the ‘Hustler Bazaar,’ an arena, and a transport terminus.
The renovations of Moi International Sports Centre – Kasarani, Nyayo National Stadium, and Kipchoge Keino Stadium will include fixing the football fields, improving the facilities, adding technology, installing canopies, and making ‘Hustler Bazaars.’
All these upgrades are to make sure Kenya meets the high standards set by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) for this big tournament.
The government believes that hosting these events will help Kenya become a top spot for sports and create economic opportunities. They also want to improve sports in the country.