Philip Yegon @Peoplesport11
Kericho county administration has started giving a facelift to the Kericho Green Stadium. The move follows a directive from governor Paul Chepkwony that the condition of the stadium be improved to meet both national and international standards in a bid to enhance sports sector to the next level.
Already works aimed at putting a tartan track has just started plus other improvements on the stadium. Governor Chepkwony has since announced that Sh340million will be pumped into the project so the stadium meet national and international standards thus attracting international athletic meetings plus other games to be staged there.
“We are out to ensure the condition of the stadium is improved and we’re not going to relent until we achieve that. We as the county value sports and that is why we’re committed to improve playing grounds and availing of facilities for those who are interested in sports,” said Chepkwony.
He said already the football pitch has been elevated to the required standards and currently hosts Kenyan Premier League (KPL) games. The stadium is now the home ground for Zoo Kericho who are plying their trade in the top flight league in Kenya.
Earlier athletes had complained of poor state of the stadium and urged the county administration to do something before the situation got out of hand. They had claimed they lack where to train plus other facilities.
Sports Chief Officer Bernard Korir said the stadium is set to be expanded to have facilities of field events which have not been fully exploited in the county.
The ban imposed by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) on the Kericho Green Stadium the home-ground of KPL side Zoo Kericho from hosting any League matches was lifted in July last year.