Kenya throws in the towel bid to co-host Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 2019

Sports Minister Ababu Namwamba reveals exclusively to that instead, the country will now bid to stage a junior tournament in 2015
Kenya has cancelled plans to co-host the African Cup of Nations Cup tournament in six years time alongside Uganda and Tanzania, and the country will now consider staging a junior football tournament in 2015.

This development was confirmed by Sports Minister Ababu Namwamba on Friday, while inspecting the ongoing renovation exercise at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret town.

Last November, the Minister attended a Cecafa congress held in Kampala that was chaired by Caf Chairman Issa Hayatou, where it now seems he unsuccessfully lobbied the three East African countries to prepare for a bid to host the bi-annual African premier sporting showpiece.

But Namwamba seemed to put blame on Tanzania and Uganda for 'showing lack of seriousness in plans to bid for the same.'

"I spoke to our colleagues from Uganda and Tanzania and got the impression that they seem not to be ready to implement the conditions required by Caf for staging a competition of this magnitude," Namwamba told

"At the moment we are looking into a proposal by the continental body to bid for the Under 17 championships in two years time as a dress rehearsal. From now, this journey (of hosting the Nations Cup tournament ) will solely be undertaken by Kenya."

Kenya's African Cup of Nations 2019 bid was widely regarded as Namwamba's 'baby', after the Minister revealed his intention to steer the country to host big sporting events, attract investment and develop sports.

Kenya also missed out on hosting the 1996 Nations Cup despite having a bid accepted by Caf after failing to secure funds. The event was then held in South Africa.

Nigeria and Zimbabwe are also other countries that have confirmed bidding to stage the 2019 showcase.