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Chan championships: Will Kipchoge stadium host the championships


As Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) closes in, the Kipchoge Keino stadium in Eldoret is still near completion as one of the facility earmarked to host the 2018 championships.

The stadium’s terraces construction started in April this year but a spot check on Monday morning, the construction is too far to host the January championships.

A section of the stadium

Kenya was awarded the hosting rights in 2014 but the slow construction of the facility may hinder hosting rights as Football Kenya federation (FKF) officials from Uasin Gishu have expressed their dissatisfaction over the slow manner in which the construction is happening.

Led by their chairman Paul Tororei, they said the slow pace at which the facility.

“By now the construction is very slow and I can’t see the facility hosting the championships. The construction of VIP section has not begun and that means a lot to the organizers but we are optimistic that we will host the championships,” said Tororei.

As Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) officials will be visiting the country to inspect the progress of state of stadia, Tororei said they should come and find good progress otherwise we will be denied a chance to host the African football extravaganza.

“We are expecting the CAF in the country soon and when they come, they should find at least 500m workers in the stadium, that shows work is in progress. We don’t expect them to come and find a few people on the site. That shows the contractor has not employed enough people to work on the facility,” added Tororei.

He insisted that the electioneering period is over and construction processes will be accelerated.

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