Kenya secure funds for stadium construction

Machakos County Governor Dr Alfred Mutua leads Football Kenya Federation President Sam Nyamweya (left) during the inspection tour of Machakos’ Kenyatta Stadium

Kenya’s Machakos County will be ready in time to host this year’s edition of East and Central Africa Senior Challenge set for November 29 to December 12.

Machakos County Governor Alfred Mutua on Thursday said over Sh20 million has been put in place to rehabilitate Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos which has been earmarked by the local organising committee as one of the venues.

A new natural turf is being laid on the playing surface, while terraces, which will accommodate over 8,000 fans, will also be ready soon. Other venues are in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu and Mumias.

It will be the first time that Machakos will host an international tournament and Mutua says a marketing committee has been put in place to bring corporates on board.

“We are ready to host the competition. Our target is to finish rehabilitating this facility soon,” said Mutua, whose county has given the organising committee Sh5 million as part of the preparations.

“This is one of the major plans to tap and develop sports in Machakos,” Mutua said when he led Football Kenya Federation officials in a tour of the facility mainly known to host political rallies.

Over 100 workers are performing different tasks, some working on the laying of the grass while others were constructing the changing rooms and the VIP area.

CCTV cameras and floodlights will also be installed for safety of the players and fans and also for the stadium to be able to host evening matches.

“We want to make the Kenyatta Stadium an efficient facility. It may not be the most ultramodern but it will serve the purpose with which it was built,” said Mutua.

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