Afcon work in progress

Friday, February 2nd, 2024 05:30 | By
Nominated Senator Gloria Orwoba. PHOTO/Print

While it seems like a race against time as the East African region readies to host the continent in 2027 for the African Cup of Nations, Sports Secretary Ababu Namwamba says refurbishing works at Kasarani Stadium are  perfectly on the right track and the new-look facility will be ready at the end of the year.

Ababu made an impromptu tour of the stadium to check on the progress so far made on the country’s sports cathedral to give the dependable sports facility a new face commenced early last month.

Kasarani, Kipchoge Keino in Eldoret and the proposed new Talanta stadiums have been lined up by Kenya for the 2027 Africa’s premier football showpiece, just three years away.

After winning the hosting rights last year together with neighbors Tanzania and Uganda under the banner of EA Pamoja Bid, the region is under immense pressure to deliver the facilities on time.

Namwamba expressed confidence on delivery of the required venues and noted that all is well as far as the grind at Kasarani Stadium is concerned.

“We have made an impromptu visit at the Moi International Kasarani Stadium which is under construction as one of the main host venues for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations. We are delighted that the refurbishment works are on track and we have been assured by the supervising engineer and the team that indeed we are on track.

“At this space, we should be able to see a spanking new look Kasarani Stadium by December 2024, which is the scheduled time for the completion of the works. We gave the assurance right from the beginning that we will be ready for AFCON 2027 and from what can be seen here (Kasarani) we are perfectly on the right path,” Ababu told People Sport.

Some of the works at Kasarani Stadium to give it a touch of international standards as listed by FIFA and CAF include installation of a new canopy, changing rooms, media centers and tribunes, floodlights, ticketing systems, digital boards, new playing surface among others.

The renovations of Kasarani Stadium are being handled by Chinese firm China Jianxi under the supervision of Kenya Defense Forces (Ministry of Defense) on behalf of the ministry of Youth Affairs, Creative Economy and Sports.

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