Kisumu’s Moi Stadium is set to get a new face after the county government initiated plans for its refurbishment. Kisumu County director of Sports Kenneth Otieno says they will allocate funds for the upgrading of the facility to meet international standards with the budget estimated at Sh100 million.
Already, the relocation of the dumpsite, that has become an eyesore just next to the facility, has kicked off with Otieno revealing that they have engaged a private partner whom they will work with towards realising this goal. Other than fitting close to over 5,000 chairs at the stadium, work will also include the inner parameter wall as well as constructing standardised changing rooms.
“The county leadership has agreed to set aside enough money towards this major project this fiscal year. We need to consult widely so that sports federations do not question the standard of our work,” said Otieno, who plans to seek advice from Athletic Kenya on how best they can work on the athletics tracks within then facility.
There are also plans to construct an extra training ground on the frontal space that was initially reserved for parking. “The space is spacious enough and I believe it will be adequate for an extra training ground,” he added.
Kisumu county government also intends to refurbish Seme Kadundo training field and Nanga community pitch. Renovation of Jomo Kenyatta Sports ground basketball courts and construction of two courts at Mamboleo Show ground and Manyatta are also on the cards.
“The county is considering partnering with other stakeholders with a view to sponsoring teams within Kisumu beginning July. We want these teams to have a long-term plan that will enable them stay in the league and run their activities smoothly,” he said.