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Daily Nation : January 28th 2014
50 | Sport FOOTBALL | Continental body Caf gives Rwanda rights to stage 2016 African Nations Championship How Kenya bungled Afcon bid Late submission of 2019 bid means the nation has no chance of hosting the tourney BY NATION TEAM email@example.com the country has been locked out of the race for the 2019 Afcon hosting rights. Worse still, Kenya has no chance K of hosting even the 2021 edition of this competition as the country failed again to submit a bid to continental body Caf before the deadline. This was made public by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) in a press release highlighting resolutions from the body’s executive committee meeting convened at the Cape Town International Convention Centre under the leadership of Caf President Issa Hayatou on Friday. The statement reads in part: “Within the specified deadlines, the Caf General Secretariat received a total of six complete dossiers from Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’ Ivoire, Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia for hosting the Afcon 2019, and separate bids from Algeria Cote d’ Ivoire and Guinea for the 2021 edition. Commission of experts “A single commission, consisting of experts, shall be designated at the coming meeting of the Executive Committee on February 2 in Cairo be entrusted with carrying out the inspection visits to the bidding countries ahead of the final vote to determine the hosting countries of the tournament’s two editions in September.” MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION President Uhuru Kenyatta with the national team Harambee Stars at State House, Nairobi, on December 15 last year. Kenya has no chance of hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Morroco and Libya have already been earmarked by the continental body to host the 2017 editions on this tourney respectively. Kenya, which lost out on a glorious opportunity to host the 1996 edition of Africa’s premier sporting show- piece due to wrangling and a frosty relationship between the then football administrators and government, will now have to wait seven years to stand a realistic chance of hosting a continental football competition. East Africa is however assured of hosting a second tier football competition in the near future, after Caf awarded Rwanda the rights to host the 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) competition, a sporting event that consists 16 national teams with local-based players only. Within the specified deadlines, Caf received a total of six complete dossiers from Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’ Ivoire, Guinea, DRC and Zambia for hosting the Afcon 2019, and separate bids from Algeria Cote d’ Ivoire and Guinea for the 2021 edition Buoyant coach Williamson sets Gor Mahia targets BY ISAAC SWILA @IsaacSwila firstname.lastname@example.org Barely two weeks to the kick off of the 2014 Kenyan Premier League season, champions Gor Mahia are already laying down strategies to retain the league diadem. With 13 new players joining the club during the off season, head coach Bobby Williamson says his team is now ready for the task ahead. The Scot, who joined K’Ogalo mid- way last term, helped the club to a first league title in 18 years. But a massive clear out at the club in December swept aside several players who were part of the league winning team among them Moses ‘Dube’ Odhiambo, Christopher Wekesa and Joseph Nguguna. Their places have been filled by the likes of Daniel Onyango, Joseph Kariuki, Haron Shakava and the Ugandan pair of Godfrey Walusimbi and Godfrey Kizito. Old boys Rama Salim and George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo have Our aim was to sign quality players and that is what we got. But the new signings will have to prove themselves” Bobby Williamson also returned to the fold. It is this pool of players that Williamson, 52, is counting on to bring more glory to the club. Williamson’s season target is to defend the league title as well as making a good impression in continental assignments. “Our aim was to sign quality players and that is what we got. But the new signings will have to prove themselves. Every win will count towards the realization of our target,” the coach said. Williamson has reunited with Walusimbi and Kizito who cut their teeth under his watch durin his trophy laden four-yea tenure at the helm of th Ugandan national team. Walusimbi, a roving l back, has been brought on to replace Wekesa, while Kiz midfield role is expected to c ate a protective shield to th back four. K’Ogalo have been busy playing a host of build-ups which will culminate in the Kenya Power Charity Cup next weekend at Nyayo National Stadium. The tournament, whic will also feature AFC Leop Mathare United and Sofap will be Gor Mahia’s last profile engagement before meet Gabonese side US B in the preliminary round o African Champions League On Saturday Gor rallied fr behind to beat Mumbi Nation 2-1 in a friendly match at C Stadium. enya did not submit its bid to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on time. As a result, DAILY NATION Tuesday January 28, 2014 Caf outlines process for ‘15 qualifiers Cape Town The Confederation of African Football has decided on the qualifying process for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco. It will start with 30 nations in the preliminary rounds to decide seven countries who will advance to the group stages. The other 21 nations of the 51 entrants have been given byes into the group stage. The 28 nations will then be split into seven groups, with the top two in each pool and the best third-placed country qualifying for the finals along with hosts Morocco. A ranking system based on the past three Nations Cups and 2014 World Cup qualifying determined the 21 nations who qualified automatically for the group phase. The preliminary rounds of the qualifying process will be played between May and August, with the final phase taking place from 5 September until November 26. The draw has been moved once again and will now take place on April 27 in Cairo, Egypt, and not in Morocco as previously announced. The Caf executive committee also announced that six countries have bid to host the 2019 Nations Cup and three for the 2021 edition. Algeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Guinea, DR Congo, and Zambia all submitted dossiers for 2019. The official candidates for the 2021 edition are Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea. Awarded a penalty Libya are still due to host the 2017 finals having swapped with South Africa, who held the event in 2013. The Caf executive committee will de- cide the hosts for the two tournaments at their meeting in September 2014. Ghana will face Nigeria in the African Nations Championship semi-finals after a 1-0 victory over DR Congo. The Black Stars secured their place in the last four thanks to Kwabena Adusei’s 69th-minute penalty at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. In Sunday’s other quarter-final, Libya beat Gabon 4-2 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 following extra time. Libya will now face Zimbabwe, who caused an upset when they beat Mali in their quarter-final on Saturday. Ghana were awarded a penalty after the referee judged that one of the DR Congo players handled inside the area and Adusei calmly converted from the spot. DR Congo had opportunities to equalise but were unable to find a way past Ghana goalkeeper Stephen Adams. The semi-finals will take place tomor- row. (BBC Sport) QUALIFYING PROCESS Automatically qualified for group stages: Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Tunisia, Algeria, Angola, Cape Verde, Togo, Egypt, South Africa, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Niger, Guinea, Senegal, Sudan. Teams in preliminary qualifiers: Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Botswana, Malawi, Uganda, Mozambique, Benin, Sierra Leone, Congo, CAR, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Liberia, Gambia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Namibia, Burundi, Lesotho, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Chad, Sao Tome, Seychelles, Comoros, Mauritius, Swaziland, Eritrea, Mauritania, South Sudan.
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