April 14, 2024

Kasarani stadium closed for renovations

Kasarani stadium closed for renovations
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While Nyayo and Kasarani require facelifts, the Talanta Sports City and Kipchoge Keino facilities are far behind as construction works are yet to kick off.

Local clubs and sportsmen will have to look for alternative as the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani has been closed to pave way for renovations. 

The facility was closed on Friday by Cabinet Secretary for Sports Ababu Namwamba and will be subsequently unavailable to host sporting events until the works are over. 

The stadium, the largest in the country is one of the facilities earmarked to host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations matches and the closure is aimed at improving it's standards to meet the threshold set by FIFA.

The canopy, terraces, changing rooms, washrooms, media centers, lighting, and drainage systems are some of the areas set for a facelift. Additionally, there will be the introduction of coded seats and other state-of-the-art advancements.

Before the move to allow the contractor on site, the facility wasn't fit enough to host international football matches even those ranked as low risk. 

Various national teams had to host home matches at the Nyayo National Stadium which has also been selected as one of the grounds to host the AFCON matches. 

In September, Namwamba handed the four stadiums set to host AFCON matches to the Kenya Defence Forces with 2025 being set as the deadline for the completion of the construction and renovation works. 

While Nyayo and Kasarani require facelifts, the Talanta Sports City and Kipchoge Keino facilities are far behind as construction works are yet to kick off. 

Nyayo is expected to be closed soon so is Kipchoge Keino Stadium which serves the athletics-rich region. 

 

The closure of the two biggest facilities in the land will certainly leave sportsmen and clubs scrambling for the available options. 

Kenyan Premier League matches recently returned to Machakos Stadium which had been unavailable for three years. 

It remains to be seen whether the Kirigiti, Thika and Mamboleo Stadiums will open ita doors to clubs. 

Kenya is bidding to co-host the biannual football event alongside Uganda and Tanzania under the East Africa Pamoja bid. 

Kenya is expected to host the 2024 Chan finals.