Wednesday Aug 23, 2017. 09:00
Speculation is rife that CAF have engaged South Africa and Morocco to take over as hosts of the 2018 CAF African Nations Championships tournament.
The reports follow Kenya's lack of readiness to host the tournament set for local-based players, a move which has concerned CAF's hierarchy.
Media reports in the continent reveal that CHAN 2018 hosting rights could be taken away from Kenya, with less than six months to the tournament.
Kenya was handed the hosting rights in 2016, but have done little to show they will be ready to stage the continental showpiece.
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It is reported that the East African country is behind when it comes to infrastructural work core to delivering a successful tournament such as stadiums, hotels and roads.
Soka25East website reports that sources have confirmed Morocco and South Africa have been put on standby to slot in for Kenya in case the East Africans fail a readiness test.
CAF’s inspection mission is expected in the country in less than two weeks to assess the progress since their last visit.
Meanwhile, the country's Sports Director General, Saima Ondimu said construction work has begun in all the five venues earmarked to host the competition.
“There will be an update by the Cabinet Secretary (Hassan Wario) on Wednesday where we shall tell you where we are with preparations. Construction work has begun already,” Ondimu said on Monday to the Daily Nation.
Furthermore, should Kenya fail to host the tournament, they will automatically be disqualified from the competition and this could be followed by a lengthy ban and/or a hefty fine.