Irked Raila slams Govt over CHAN


Former prime minister Raila Odinga (L) and Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri display a new club ...
Former prime minister Raila Odinga (L) and Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri display a new club jersey for Gor Mahia FC during the unveiling of club's new kit and Sportpesa sponsorship deal at the Intercontinental hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on March 04, 2016. Sportpesa betting company has sponsored Gor Mahia FC to a tune of Ks 65Million for the next 5 years. Photo/Ondego/sportpicha

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has slammed the government following Kenya’s loss of the CHAN hosting rights.

Addressing reporters in South B estate in Nairobi where he had gone to pay a courtesy call on ailing football legend Joe Kadenge, Odinga noted that the government dilly-dallied as far as putting in place the requisite infrastructure is concerned, something that cost Kenya the golden chance of hosting the continental championship.

“In 2013, the Jubilee government, in their manifesto, promised five new stadia yet nothing has become of it. This is a big shame bearing in mind that countries like Burkina Fasso and Rwanda have better pitches compared to Kenya,” Odinga said, adding, “It is clear that Chan will be now hosted by Morocco .The government, it seems, never studied their own manifesto.”

Odinga at the same time pledged that should he rise to the presidency, his government will ensure that the ailing Kadenge assumes ownership of the house he currently lives in.

THE GREATEST:Kadenge poses wuth under-fire Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario.IMAGE/SPORTPICHA
THE GREATEST: Kadenge poses wuth under-fire Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario.IMAGE/SPORTPICHA

At the same time, Odinga absolved Football Kenya Federation from blame noting that had stadia been built on time, the CHAN rights could not have been lost.

CAF on Sunday stripped Kenya of the hosting rights it had awarded her three years ago citing unpreparedness and tense political atmosphere.

Caf’s decision has been meet with fury by the football stakeholders with many calling on Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario to resign.

Report By Erastus Muturi

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