East Africa Pamoja Bid Prevails

[Photo courtesy of CAF online]

Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania have been granted the privilege to co-host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) following a collaborative bid by East African nations.

The joint effort, dubbed “The Pamoja bid,” competed against Egypt, Senegal, and Botswana.

The announcement was made on September 27 by the President of the Confederation of African Football, Patrice Motsepe. Motsepe emphasized the importance of these three nations meeting specific requirements, including freedom of movement and infrastructure support as ealuation teams will assess their progress.

In response to Kenya’s successful bid, the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Ababu Namwamba, assigned the Nyayo National Stadium, Moi Sports Centre Kasarani, and Kipchoge Keino Stadium to the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) for renovation, with the aim of hosting the 2027 AFCON.

The challenge now is to complete these four projects by 2025, as Kenya previously missed out on hosting opportunities due to stadium standards not meeting FIFA criteria in 1996 and 2018.

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