Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa says East Africa’s economy will be boosted through hospitality during the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations.
The “Pamoja candidacy” was approved on Wednesday by the Confederation of African Football and preparations for the biennial tournament are expected to move into high gear following this revelation.
Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania will jointly host the month-long championship.
Speaking in an interview with a local channel, Didmus said all three countries would benefit from hosting the first-ever football tournament of such magnitude.
“Afcon will most certainly stimulate the economy of the three host countries in East Africa. Considering that we will have a lot officials and supporters traveling from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam and Kampala, vol.Hotels will have booming business,” he said.
“The responsibility lies with our national teams. The Harambee Stars, Uganda Cranes and Taifa Stars to make the region proud.
“And not just by participating, they should put in a lot of effort and ensure that at least one of them, if not all, makes it to the quarters,” the lawmaker added.
CAF President Patrice Motsepe announced that East African bid ‘Pamoja’ won the hosting rights for the first African football bonanza after the CAF Executive Committee meeting in Cairo , in Egypt.
President William Ruto congratulated the country, Uganda and Tanzania for winning the chance to jointly host the tournament.
He said: “I have been informed that Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have successfully hosted CAN 2027. I would like to thank the Ministry of Sports that all plans we had to change ministries have been started to take shape.”
Speaking after the announcement, Sports CS Ababu Namwamba said the move was a boost for integration in the region.
“Organizing this tournament together is a huge boost for me in terms of integration. But it is also an opportunity to send the message that we can do things together successfully,” declared the sports CS.
“For the first time in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya will play side by side in this tournament.”