By Dennis Mabuka
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) jointly with the Ministry of Youth affairs and Sports are in the process of submitting a bid to host Africa’s top football show piece the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations as well as the 2015 Africa Youth Championships.
Kenya FA President Sam Nyamweya confirmed in a signed statement that the federation has received backing from the government to bid for the two tournaments.
"We can now confirm that the government through the Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports has given us a green light to bid for the aforementioned Championships."
Nyamweya added, "The bid boost received a short in the arm by the recent visit to the country by Mr Benard Mfubusa from Rwanda, who's mission was to inspect existing stadia's and hotels."
Kenya already has two existing Fifa/Caf approved stadiums - Moi Kasarani and the Nyayo National Stadium while two other venues - Moi Kisumu and Mombasa Municipal Stadium - will be upgraded and have already been earmarked to stage matches.
"With great commercial activity from sponsors, as well as the well developed media and television networks, Kenya stands tops in Africa as favourites to win these two bids. As a federation we are excited with the support of our parent ministry in this ambitious mission."
Earlier in January, Kenya pulled out of plans to co-host the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in six years time alongside Uganda and Tanzania in what Sports Minister Ababu Namwamba blamed on lack of seriousness from the neighboring nations.
Namwamba told Goal.com then, "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."
"At the moment we are looking into a proposal by the continental body to bid for the U-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 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.
DRC Congo, Nigeria and Zimbabwe are other countries that have confirmed bidding to stage the 2019 showcase.