Kenya replaced by Morocco as CHAN tournament host

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has selected Morocco as Kenya’s replacement as host of next year’s African Nations Championship.

According to CAF, its emergency committee made the decision on Saturday at a meeting in Lagos, Nigeria.

Kenya was stripped of hosting duties for the tournament after it was deemed to be too far behind with its preparations.

Equatorial Guinea were one of the other countries bidding to host the tournament, but Morocco emerged as the preferred venue in a fast-tracked process after CAF stripped Kenya of the rights to the tournament three weeks ago. CAF says Ethiopia also expressed an interest in hosting but were unsuccessful after failing to provide government guarantees.

The African Nations Championship is the continent’s No. 2 national team tournament after the African Cup of Nations. Also known as CHAN, is contested by teams made up of home-based players only.

Morocco will now host the 16 teams during January and February next year, and will see it as an early chance to test its infrastructure after also having entered a bid to host the 2026 World Cup.