Kisumu lined up for AFCON hosting, if Kenya wins bid

Kisumu lined up for AFCON hosting, if Kenya wins bid

By Peter Ochieng

Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Youth Affairs, Sports and Arts Ababu Namwamba on Monday revealed that officers in his ministry continue to burn the midnight oil, preparing a bid for hosting the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The bid, the CS said will be submitted alongside other East Africa Community (EAC) member states.

Speaking at the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium in Kisumu during the official opening of the 9th edition of the Kenya Inter Counties Sports and Cultural Association (KICOSCA) games, Namwamba who represented Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua said if Kenya wins the bid, AFCON matches will be played in various parts of the country.

“Kenya is going to submit a bid for hosting of 2027 AFCON. We want to do it with the Council of Governors so that the matches can be played in Kisumu, Kakamega, Meru and other parts of the country,” said the CS.

Nairobi plays host to Nyayo and Moi Kasarani stadiums, which are highly expected to host AFCON matches if Kenya wins the bid. Jomo Kenyatta International in Kisumu and Bukhungu in Kakamega can also be banked on.

Namwamba said in the coming weeks, his ministry will roll out the Talanta Hela program, aimed at growing soccer talents from the grassroots, while Teresia Mbaika, the Principal Secretary (PS) of, State Department for devolution said the national government will continue supporting counties to deliver on their mandate of achieving efficient service delivery.

Kisumu governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, the KICOSCA games patron urged County governments to take them seriously since they provide a platform to promote tourism.

“It is for this reason that I appeal to our counties to take Kicosca games very seriously. Let us allocate adequate resources for this activity during our budgeting processes,” said Nyong’o.

The opening ceremony was attended by among others, Busia governor Paul Nyongesa Otuoma, Nyandarua County’s Kiarie Badilisha, Amos Nyaribo of Nyamira, Turkana County’s Jeremiah Lomurkai and West Pokot’s Simon Kachapin.

Players from 32 counties are taking part in the week-long event, competing for honours in over 10 sporting disciplines including football and tug of war.

Hosts Kisumu beat Bungoma in the men’s tug of war, while Kakamega defended the women tug of war title after beating Kiambu.

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