Egypt to host Afcon championships

Harambee Stars, the national soccer team will join other African nations for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

Today, the CAF Executive Committee sitting in Dakar, Senegal awarded Egypt to the the tournament after Cameroon failed to meet the standards for the topurnament set for June.

The fruitful meeting had initially been scheduled for Wednesday, but CAF brought it forward, ending speculation as to who will host the tournament after Cameroon were stripped of the hosting rights.

Insiders say Egypt’s bid proved to be more proficatble financially and hence the decision by a majority of the EXCO members to vote in their favor.

Egypt have hosted the tournament thrice; in 1959, 1986 and in 2006 winning all the editions.

Kenya’s Harambee Stars are expected to be part of the expanded 24-nation tournament for the first time in 15 years. Coincidentally, the last time Kenya played in the biennial competition, it was also staged in North Africa.

With the announcement of the hosts, The Football Kenya federation is expected to gear into preparations for the team and a training camp in France, as advanced by head coach Sebastien Migne is expected to be actualized

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