CAF officials question 'slow' renovations

By emmanuel sabuni
Feb 22, 2017
  • CAF officials the officials questioned the slow progress of the stadium’s renovations. (Photo by Emmanuel Sabuni)

Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) officials who are inspecting facilities for the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) have cast a doubt on the readiness of Eldoret's Kipchoge Keino stadium.

They were not impressed by the slow progress in renovating the facility to the required standards for the continental championship. The officials questioned the slow progress in the stadium’s renovations.

Key areas of concern were the ICT infrastructure, the minimum number of changing and referees rooms and entry points among many other issues.

The officials led by CAF event Director Mohamed Shawbury, IT Director Tarek El Deeb, Services Deputy Director Magdaldin Abdelrazak, Marketing Consultant Soukayan Lecheeb said that the stadium should have at least four changing rooms for players, two for referees and ICT infrastructure which is key for development of the facility.

Herbert Mwachiro, a 2018 LOC director was sure that the facility, come 2018, will be ready for the championships. He said that the government is committed in doing the necessary to see that the stadium is completed in time.

“From now there will be no activity at this stadium until the construction is complete,” he said. “We are confident that Eldoret will be ready to host some of the CHAN matches in January and the government is and other stakeholders are in the forefront in ensuring that the sporting facilities are ready for the tournament,” added Mwachiro. 

Despite the assurance, construction at the stadium has not started with less than a year to the continental showpiece.

The second phase of the facility renovation which includes building of a pavilion, terraces and modern gates has not begun with Kenya set to hot the CHAN tournament in January.

On Tuesday morning, the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) inspected the facility on their daily duty to determine Kenya’s readiness in hosting the event.

The team will on Wednesday visit Machakos and on Thursday inspect Kinoru stadium in Meru.