Kisumu and Kakamega Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o and Ferdinand Baraza have issued a joint statement challenging the hosting of AFCON 2027 in the country.
According to the Governors, the decision by the UDA government to host the event in Nairobi and Eldoret is a tragic decision as Western Kenya should have been included with either matches to be held in Kisumu or Kakamega.
Through the statement, the Governors noted that football fans in Kenya exist in plenty and not in Uasin Gishu or Eldoret.
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“The success of the matches will be on the turn up at the stadia where the matches will be held” read the statement.
Eldoret has athletes and athletic fans in millions. But not soccer. And that is the naked truth. This means the AFCON matches will be played in empty stadia with very little impact.” read the stateement.
Anyang’ Nyong’o and Ferdinand Baraza have attributed the decision to be denied the right to host the event is because they are not shareholders of the ‘Kenya Kwanza Company limited.’
The two governors have taken note that there is time for the government to reconsider the decision and that the people of Western Kenya are waiting.