Confederation of African Football (CAF) has given Kenya the green light to stage the CHAN 2018 finals tournament although the continental football governing body admits that the East African country is behind schedule in terms of preparations.
CAF president Ahmad Ahmad told Super Sport on his first visit to South Africa this week that they had sent a powerful inspection team to Kenya.
Kasarani, Kinoru, Nyayo and Kipchoge Keino stadiums have been selected to host the matches. The CHAN tournament, which is reserved for players who feature in their respective domestic leagues across Africa, will be staged from 11th January to 2nd February 2018.
He said: "They say the way we don't want politics to interfere with football, we don't want football to interfere with politics. Our delegation is talking to the government as there will be presidential elections in August. They asked us to give them until the end of August when they will give us their action plan."
Ahmad added: "After that, we will sit down to take a decision whether we will have it in Kenya or not. The tournament will take place on the indicated dates in proper conditions, with infrastructure that Africa will be proud of. That I can assure you."