CAF President Issa Hayatou met with Kenya’s Vice President William Ruto on Friday (26 August 2016) evening as he concluded his two-day tour of the country ahead of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in 2018 to be hosted in the East African country.
Hayatou was briefed by the Vice President on the Government’s commitment to ensure Kenya hosts a successful tournament.
“The Government is working hard to ensure the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) to be held in the country is a success. We recognise the important role sport plays in developing and nurturing talent,” Ruto said after meeting Hayatou.
The CAF President was accompanied by 2nd Vice President, Almamy Kabele Camara, also president of the Organising Committee for the CHAN and Secretary General, Hicham El Amrani.
The CAF delegation also held discussions with the Football Kenya Federation led by president Nick Mwendwa and toured two stadia (Nyayo and Kasarani), to see how much Kenya had done into preparing for the 2018 showpiece.
Mwendwa described the talks as fruitful, reiterating his outfit will work round the clock to ensure a good tournament is delivered, basing on the benchmark set by Rwanda early this year.
Before the meeting with Ruto, Hayatou and his delegation were guests at the final of the Kenyan Premier League U-20 championship which was won by Mathare United, beating Gor Mahia 1-0. The CAF President was also at hand to reward the winners after the match, getting a first-hand experience of Kenya’s match day hospitality.
Source: Confederation of African Football.