Jalang’o, the Lang’ata Member of Parliament, has mocked the request to organize AFCON 2027 matches in the cities of Kakamega and Kisumu. He argues that the cities are far from being ready to host the big African competition, and that even Nairobi itself is not ready.
Jalang’o points out that hosting the opening ceremony would require at least 32 luxury hotels and 50,000 beds. He also argues that better training grounds are needed for the big competition.
For cities like Kakamega, Kisumu, and Eldoret to be ready to host AFCON, Jalang’o says they must build big hotels and stadiums. He also asks them to be patient, as the leaders of the countries are busy.
Key points from Jalang’o’s statement:
- Nairobi is not ready to host AFCON 2027 matches, and other cities in Kenya are even less ready.
- Hosting AFCON would require a lot of infrastructure, including hotels, stadiums, and training grounds.
- Jalang’o asks cities that are interested in hosting AFCON to be patient and to start preparing now.
My opinion on Jalang’o’s statement
I agree with Jalang’o that Kenya needs to be more prepared before it can host AFCON 2027. The country has a lot of work to do in terms of infrastructure and logistics.
However, I also think that Jalang’o is being a bit harsh on Kakamega, Kisumu, and Eldoret. These cities are growing rapidly and have a lot of potential. I think it is important to give them a chance to prove themselves.
Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to host AFCON 2027 is up to the Confederation of African Football (CAF). I hope that CAF will take all of the factors into account before making a decision.