Lang'ata Member of Parliament Phelix Odiwour aka Jalang'o has mocked the request to organize AFCON 2027 matches in the cities of Kakamega and Kisumu.
In his statement on Monday, the former radio presenter pointed out that the cities are far from being ready to host the big African competition.
Jalang'o said that the city of Nairobi itself, which has been chosen to host the matches, is not ready to host as there is still a lot that needs to be done.
"Before we think of organizing AFCON outside Nairobi, we need to organize Nairobi! Even Nairobi itself is not ready! In 2010 I was lucky enough to host the World Cup in South Africa. South Africa did great!,” Jalang'o said via Facebook.
He added, "Suppose we get a chance to host the opening ceremony, it will mean we will get to host all 32 countries that will participate and that will mean we have at least 32 luxury hotels because one country, one hotel."
How many can you count the head? Hosting the opening ceremony will mean at least 50 thousand visitors to the city, what is the bed capacity of the city of Nairobi?
The other day when we hosted 5k people for a climate conference all hotels and Airbnb's were booked and guests had to scramble to find accommodation, now can you imagine Ghana vs. Nigeria hosted in Nairobi and their fans come in?”
The ODM Member of Parliament pointed out that apart from hotels and dignified stadiums, better training grounds are needed for the big competition.
He went on to give tough conditions for cities like Kakamega, Kisumu, and Eldoret to fulfill before asking to host the tournament including building big hotels and stadiums.
"Do you know that international scouts are coming? Mahrez, Sallah, Mane, and others are coming?
Eldoret, Kisumu, Kakamega let us prepare Nairobi before you even start your request to host AFCON unless you do not know what you are asking to host and if you insist then before 2027 get at least 10 new luxury hotels and at least 2 Fifa level stadiums in the county! This is AFCON, not Chapa Dimba!” he said.
In addition, the politicians asked the leaders of the countries to be patient because they were busy.