Mwendwa vows to quit if FKF foils Chan-Kenya


Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa makes his speech during the Kenyan Premier League 2016 ...
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa makes his speech during the Kenyan Premier League 2016 awards in Nairobi on December 13, 2016. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

Nick Mwendwa has vowed to step down as Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss should Kenya be stripped of Chan hosting rights and the national governing body is found to have contributed in the failure.

Mwendwa who conceded on Thursday that Kenya stands to lose the biennial continental tournament put himself on the firing line a day later when he made the resignation pledge in an interview with Musyi FM.

“It will be very unfortunate for Kenya not to host the Championship and yes I’m on record saying that I will leave my post as FKF president if Chan is taken away. For sure I will do this if the mistakes of my federation cost us our hosting right,” Mwendwa said.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will send a team to Kenya for a final inspection tour on September 7 to determine the country’s preparedness for the competition amid reports the continental governing body has put two alternative host nations on standby.

“Chan will be hosted in Kenya and we have an agreement with CAF that if during inspection next month they will find we’re not ready then we forfeit our chance. In the event they are pleased with the progress on the ground then they will recommend Kenya to proceed with preparations as planned,” the FKF boss said.

Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and hosts Kenya have qualified for the competition meant to to give home-based stars international exposure.

Meanwhile, the County Government of Machakos via its Sports Ministry kick-started the process of laying the blue tartan track worth KSh50 million at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. The venue is one of five earmarked as host stadiums.

According to County Sports Director Steve Kilonzo, the entire procedure will be done over 21 days.

The County official said stadium preparations ahead of the Chan inspection will recommence on Monday and assured the facility will be ready in prime for the Masaku Sevens at the end of September this year.

“We have a busy calendar because the facility is almost fully booked until December,” Kilonzo offered.

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