Uhuru to open Ulinzi Sports Complex
President Uhuru Kenyatta is today expected to open the ultra-modern Ulinzi Sports Complex at the Kenya Defence Forces’ Lang’ata Barracks in Nairobi today. The ultra-modern facility was being developed by the national government through the Ministry of Defence.
The complex will house a 7,500-capacity stadium, with an 8-lane athletics track, two training grounds, a basketball court, tennis court, an indoor arena, swimming pool, hockey and rugby grounds and parking spaces.
The sports complex that the president commissioned 17 months ago saw its construction start in October 2020. The Defence Forces Wellness Centre which was commissioned for construction at the same time is also expected to be opened.
The health facility is expected to house an outpatient department, occupational therapy, psychiatric and physio-therapy area, private and general wards among others. The cost of the construction of the two projects was not revealed.
During the commissioning, Uhuru said the complex will help in promoting Kenya as a sporting nation.
“I am pleased to note that the upcoming sports complex will be available to KDF persons, but also offer mentorship opportunities in various disciplines. It will add value to our national prestige and brand as a sporting nation and increase Kenya’s opportunities to host more international events in the future,” President said.
KDF football sides Ulinzi Stars, Ulinzi Starlets and basketball side Ulinzi Warriors are some of the teams within KDF that will benefit from the sports complex.
Currently, Ulinzi Stars who have won the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League, four times, host their home matches at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.