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Morocco only country to confirm bidding for CHAN 2018 to replace Kenya

Published on: 01 October 2017
Morocco only country to confirm bidding for CHAN 2018 to replace Kenya

Morocco are the only country known to have confirm  their bid  to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) after Kenya was stripped of hosting rights.

The deadline for the submission of bids elapsed on Saturday night with the North African coasting to grabbing the hosting rights for the tournament.

The successful country to be named as the replacement for Kenya will be named this coming Saturday.

It is set to be staged from 12 January to 4 February 2018.

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) announced on its website that it wanted to stage the tournament to "embrace the youth of the continent and enable them to have a promising future."

Morocco had already qualified for the biennial tournament which is only for locally-based players and if it is confirmed as the hosts another country will get the chance to qualify for the competition.

Kenya lost the right to host the 2018 event following a Confederation of African Football (Caf) executive committee meeting in Accra.

A Caf inspection team visited Kenya from 11 to 17 September 2017 and found that only one of the four venues was ready to stage the event.

It is the second time Kenya has lost the right to stage an African football competition after being replaced by South Africa as 1996 Africa Cup of Nations hosts.

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation(FRMF) Secretary General Tarik Najem confirmed the same to saying they country was ready.

“Yes its true we are submitting our bid for CHAN 2018 because we belive we are ready and have the necessary things to ensure the tournament is a success.We have a long time strategy to embrace the youth across the African continent and to ensure a great future for them”Tarik said.



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