CAF praised for awarding 2027 AFCON host to Kenya and others

CAF praised for awarding 2027 AFCON host to Kenya and others

East African leaders on Wednesday hailed the awarding of the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations to a joint bid by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

It is the first time the premier sport event on the continent will be staged by three countries after Ghana/Nigeria (2000) and Equatorial Guinea/Gabon (2012) co-hosted previous editions.

The trio won a contest also involving Botswana, Egypt and Senegal after favourites Algeria withdrew on the eve of the vote, saying they had a “new strategy for developing football”.

Egypt have hosted the biennial tournament five times, most recently in 2019, and Senegal once, in 1992 but Botswana were hoping to stage the AFCON for the first time.

Kenya’s Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua also expressed his delight at the AFCON returning to East Africa for the first time since Ethiopia hosted it in 1976.

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