Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o has been told by President William Ruto that the county will host part of the 2027 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) matches.
Ruto recognized Governor Nyongo’s worries about the venue selection during the christening of the Uhuru II vessel at the Kisumu Shipyard, emphasizing that the games will be dispersed around the country.
“Among many other things, we agreed on how we will host all of our tournaments, from Afcon to Chan and Cecafa and all the others, and how we will spread all facilities across Kenya.”
“I know Professor Anyang Nyong’o is on record as making his position known as to where the place of Kisumu in hosting these facilities,” Ruto went on to say.
“I want to confirm to you professor that we have taken into account the place of Kisumu in hosting at least some of the tournaments that we have spread across the country,” he went on to say.
Initially, the government indicated that the matches would be held at Kasarani Stadium, Nyayo Stadium, and Kipchoge Keino Stadium.
Governor Nyong’o and his Kakamega counterpart, Fernandes Barasa, were not pleased with the announcement.
In a joint statement, the two county chiefs argued Western Kenya should have been included in the hosting of the games because the region has more football enthusiasts than Uasin Gishu County.