Mombasa fans are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of watching SportPesa Premier League (SPL) matches closer every week after years of being starved of such action. This will be made possible by the completion of Bomu Stadium, a modern state-of-the-art football grounds, constructed by the Mombasa county government which is set to be ready in three weeks.
Already, laying of the astro-turf at the stadium in Changamwe Sub-county is ongoing and the county officer in charge of youth and sports Rajab Babu says the facility fits the bill for top flight matches.
“The stadium will have a Fifa standard 11-a-side Astro-Turf pitch with full amenities including lavatories, changing rooms, flood lights for night games with a sitting capacity of over 3,000 fans as well as a restaurant,” said Babu of the facility that has cost over Sh86 million.
Babu says the county government has heavily invested in construction of modern pitches as it seeks to end a shortage of sports facilities with a team of experts from different departments and Football Kenya Federation (FKF) having frequently checked their progress to ensure targets are met.
Several SPL clubs have already expressed interest in using the stadium for its home matches this season including Bandari, whose home ground Mbaraki Sports Complex is currently under renovation.
National Supper League participants Modern Coast Rangers have also announced plans to switch their home matches from Kenya Ports Authority-owned Mbaraki to Bomu. Easy access, affordable costs for venue hiring and a standard pitch are some of the reasons given by the clubs for their interest in Bomu stadium. “Our plan is to have at least a modern stadium in every sub-county in Mombasa.
We are investing heavily in youth and gender affairs as a government and we want to ensure this happens so that a lot of talent is nurtured,” added Babu, whose administration intends to construct another football ground at Peleleza in Likoni before shifting to Kisauni.
The Mombasa county government has already constructed Uwanja wa Mbuzi grounds with a seven-a-side football pitch in Majengo commissioned last year and is in the process of upgrading the county stadium.