“You are aware we have already advertised. We believe by 2025, we shall have met most of our targets,” he added. The CS said a plan has been put in place to allow national teams to use the facilities for training as refurbishing continues.
“We shall be closing these facilities, some longer than the others but even as we close, we shall factor in the reality that some of them will be needed for the qualifiers and preparations of the national teams.”
Namwamba said the government is making a valiant effort to regain Caf’s confidence after Kenya failed to follow through when it acquired the rights to host the 2018 Chan Cup.
“Kenya has long desired to host this competition. We’ve made arrangements to ensure that we won’t fail again after missing out on another chance earlier. We are now well aware of the standards required to host such a tournament,” Ababu stated.
The CS also explained the infrastructure master plan that the government has in place to make the sports projects a success.
“We have the infrastructure master plan, which shows how far we are in the planning process. The standardisation of Kasarani and Nyayo stadiums would be shown in the plan, along with any unfinished construction projects,” according to Ababu.
The CS said comprehensive refurbishment would be done at Nyayo Stadium to meet the minimum standard required by the world football governing body, Fifa.
“It is one of the three stadiums in Kenya that we are suggesting be used for the 2027 Afcon. We are working on all the essential parts including fixing the floodlights to make it possible to host nighttime matches without any difficulties.”
Furthermore, Sports Principal Secretary Peter Tum noted that an extensive master plan is in place to ensure the construction process is managed and completed appropriately.
In an interview on Friday, Sports Kenya director Pius Metto confirmed that the contractor was already on-site at Moi Stadium, Kasarani.
“What I can say is that work on the Moi Stadium, Kasarani, is already in progress and a lot of ground has been covered in the renovation exercise,” Metto remarked.
“As for other facilities, we are still awaiting further communication on the way forward,” he added. Kenya suffered a huge blow in 2021 when both Kasarani and Nyayo stadiums were banned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) from hosting international matches.
This is after both stadiums failed to meet the CAF standards following an inspection conducted by the continental football governing body.
“About the inspection visit conducted by Caf, we regret to inform you that the stadium did not meet the set minimum CAF stadium requirements and consequently will not be approved for the qualifying matches of the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 matchday five and six,” read a letter from Caf.
In the Caf report, the two facilities failed to meet some prerequisites including adequate floodlights for night games, substandard referee dressing rooms and a below-par facility committed to first aid in addition to a lack of a modern Media Centre
Caf requires the surface of the pitch to be green, leveled and marked clearly in white. Markings on the pitch should be symmetric all over the field of play.
For evening matches, the floodlight capacity should be around 500 Lux. A minimum of 1200 Lux should be provided all over the pitch, covering uniformly every area of the playing field. All the current teams and referees’ dressing rooms should also meet international standards.