East Africa has long awaited its turn to host the AFCON tournament, as it remains the only region on the continent yet to do so.
Despite previous unsuccessful attempts by Kenya to secure the hosting rights, a collective bid involving multiple East African countries may prove successful, just as Ghana and Nigeria had jointly hosted the tournament in the past.
The news of East African football associations engaging with their respective governments is encouraging, provided the associations maintain their independence.
The effort made by concerned country federations to involve their governments in the joint bidding process for the 2027 AFCON tournament is one example of such engagement.
Aside from the East African bloc, Algeria, Egypt, and Namibia are among the other bidders. The former two countries have successfully hosted the tournament in the past due to collaboration with their governments. If any potential partnership is to have a chance against powerhouses like Egypt and Algeria, each party involved must play their role effectively.
Reports of the FUFA delegation presenting their case to the Ugandan government by sharing copies of the bidding document indicate a step in the right direction.
Similarly, the Football Federation of Kenya’s actions show that there is communication with the government. Football stakeholders in the region require all the support they can get.
Although specific public commitments may be absent at this stage, it can be assumed that remote engagement is taking place. It is a situation where we must wait and see how things unfold.