The trio, comprising Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, clinched the hosting rights for AFCON 2027, overcoming stiff competition from football powerhouses like Botswana and Senegal.
President William Ruto of Kenya radiated enthusiasm as he responded to the momentous announcement by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), confirming the successful bid by East Africa to host the prestigious 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
This historic achievement, under the triumphant Pamoja bid initiative, sent waves of celebration across the East African nations.
The trio, comprising Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, clinched the hosting rights for AFCON 2027, overcoming stiff competition from football powerhouses like Botswana, and Senegal.
President Ruto, visibly elated, celebrated this resounding victory, extending his congratulations to the three nations for their relentless pursuit of this dream.
"I have received information that Kenya, together with Tanzania and Uganda, has succeeded in securing hosting rights for AFCON in 2027,” Ruto said in an address at the Nairobi Show Grounds.
“I would like to congratulate our Ministry overseeing sports and all stakeholders in this sector. The plan we had to bring about changes in the sports sector has borne fruit," he added.
"Many people never believed that we had a chance of hosting AFCON in 2027 because of the state of our football and our sports in general," Ruto candidly remarked.
However, President Ruto transformed the skepticism around East Africa’s potential to pull off the project into a pledge of commitment.
Ruto provided assurance that Kenya, in collaboration with Uganda and Tanzania, would deliver a world-class football event in 2027.
"We are very proud of this achievement,” he said, adding; “We will mobilize all resources.”
“We will mobilize every person and every sector to make sure that we deliver a world-class football event in 2027.”
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The Pamoja bid which is a collaborative effort between Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania emerged victorious, securing the prestigious honour of hosting the 2027 AFCON.
Addressing concerns about the state of Kenyan stadiums, often raised by the unbelievers, President Ruto assured that the infrastructural challenges would be promptly addressed.
"We will make sure that whatever infrastructural facilities are required will be made available to make sure we move Kenya to the next level in our sports industry," he stated.
In addition to securing hosting rights, the 2027 announcement also carried the news that Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania would gain automatic qualification for the tournament as hosts.
This decision signifies a historic chapter for the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA), as the region prepares to host Africa for the first time since 1976 when Ethiopia hosted the championship.