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The County Government of Nairobi has set aside a whopping sh 1 billion for the rehabilitation of five play grounds.
They are Dandora Stadium, Joseph Kangethe Woodley Grounds in Kibera, Kuhumbuini Grounds in Kangemi, the legendary Umeme Grounds in Ziwani and Riruta will receive a facelifts to comply with internationally set Fifa standards.
This amount dispatched by the County Government will ensure the grounds are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including an artificial turf, a fully equipped gymnasium, showers and changing rooms.
Speaking during the ground-breaking of Dandora Stadium yesterday, Education, Sports and Youth Director in the County, Janet Muthoni Ouko said it was only the beginning and more grounds would be completely revamped before their five-year term.“We are very happy that the Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi has started honouring his promises.
Today we are here to commence the facelift of the Dandora 5,000-seater stadium, which we want to serve a talent-breeding centre. We know that there is talent across the city and it’s initiatives like this that will ensure the nation doesn’t lack talent in the future,” said Ouko who represented Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko.
She added; “Since we don’t want our youths to engage in bad vices due to lack of a playing ground, we will stand firm and warrant that the ground is completed within five months and give first priority to the local youth in terms of employment.
“Finally, I would like to state we have not forgotten about the repairing of the 15,000-seater Nairobi City Stadium which we promised.”
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Nairobi East treasurer Dickson Doyo was glad the ground with over 40 teams taking part in his leagues use for their matches was finally going to be renovated. “As a branch we are very proud of the Governor and the federation for this ground which serves over 2,000 players. We hope many more will come up to incorporate the thousands of youth in the County,” said Doyo.
Speaking on behalf of FKF Nairobi Branch Executive Member George Onyango said the federation is ready on its part to advocate for many more local grounds across the country emerge.
“After the ground is completed we would like the management of this stadium to maintain it and ensure security is always tight we don’t want any criminal cases being reported,” said Onyango.