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Sports ministry assures of available stadia

In a move aimed at ensuring the newly refurbished and constructed stadia in Kenya remain in good condition longer, the said facilities will be reserved for competitive matches only.

Consequently, Gregori International, the company handling the construction of the playing surfaces at Nyayo, Kasarani, Kipchoge Keino, Meru and Nyeri Stadia has also been mandated with construction or refurbishing of 10 training grounds in the said towns.

Nairobi has four grounds earmarked for upgrade to complement both Kasarani and Nyayo, which include Utalii, Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS), Kenya Judiciary Training Institute, and Kasarani Grounds.

Others include Moi School of Law, which will serve as complementary to Kipchoge, among others. “We are handling the main playing surfaces and both Kasarani and Nyayo should be ready by end of March. Works at the training grounds are not as detailed as the main stadia and they should be done in a shorter time depending on the work required on each.

Some will just need maintenance while in others the drainage system has to be done afresh,” said Kassi Abderrazzak. Meanwhile, construction works at Nyayo are still ongoing and Sports principal secretary Peter Kaberia, who was on an inspection tour of the facility yesterday, insists that the contractor is within the set timelines and will hand over a finished facility by the first week of April.

“I am impressed with the progress so far. The second level of construction is on, the VIP sitting area and shafts for lifts that will serve the area are within set timelines. More details were added to the original plan and we expect a standard pitch by April,” said Kaberia.

However, the parking lot area, outer drainages and water system are still under construction despite promises that they would be done by the end of January. The perimeter fence separating the playing surface and the sitting area has been replaced with a buffer tunnel-cum-wall that is halfway done.

The VIP sitting area which was completely dismantled is yet to take shape while construction on the face of the stadium is still ongoing despite promises it would be done by now.

On the bright side, construction of four locker rooms is done with the furnishing ongoing where state-of-the-art cabinets are being fitted for the safe keeping of players’ belongings. Additionally, an athletics call room, fully fitted with amenities, is in the final stages of completion.

The football wing has also been separated from the athletics wing each with functional locker rooms. “The four locker rooms will ensure we can comfortably host four football teams in the stadium.

There are also two anti-doping test rooms next to the changing rooms that will be used by the relevant authorities while conducting their tests,” Kaberia added. Meanwhile, the soft surfaces (pitch), lighting, and pitch drainage, which will be handled by the CAF recommended Gregori International experts are scheduled to commence in March.

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