- CAF, Africa’s football body, will inspect newly refurbished Nyayo Stadium to ascertain whether it is fit to host international matches.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has confirmed that it is expecting inspectors in the country once the Coronavirus pandemic is suppressed and travel restrictions eased.
The government recently announced it is 90% ready and President Uhuru Kenyatta has twice in the past six months toured the facility to inspect the works.
International Matches Organizing Committee (IMOC) chairman Michael Majua, lead Officials from FKF, in visiting and inspecting the facility on Thursday and gave their recommendations on what should be improved on for it to pass the CAF test.
Nyayo is Kenya’s second-largest stadium and the officials paid attention to detail as they visited ahead of the official unveiling scheduled end of this month.
“We are happy with the progress made this far since it is evident a lot has clearly been put in to make this stadium what it is now,” expressed Majua.
“Some areas, however, need to be improved to suit CAF and FIFA requirements, and we are happy to share with Sports Kenya with a view of having this stadium fully ready for the upcoming international matches,” the chairman added.
The committee is coming up with a detailed report of recommendations which it will present to the Ministry of Sports for approval as soon as it is ready.
There is a need to deliver the best as the country needs a new international facility. So far, Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani is the only stadium in the country that meets international standards.
Nyayo has been closed for renovation for the past three years inconveniencing KPL matches. The match organizers have been experiencing challenges finding alternative stadiums for the games opting for Narok Stadium in Narok County and Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos which have limited space.