Wario cuts off gate padlocks to gain entry to Kip Keino Stadium

By emmanuel sabuni
Jun 13, 2017
  • Hassan Wario Wario was not worried and insisted that the country has enough back ups that will host the African championship. (SNA. File Photo)

Hassan Wario, the Sports Cabinet secretary made an impromptu visit to Kipchoge Keino stadium on Tuesday morning and admitted that the state of Kenya playing grounds is in horrible state.

Wario, who gained entry into the facility by cutting off gate padlocks said the playing pitch is in a horrible state and grass needed to be replanted for the country to host Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) set for January 2018.

“All our grounds are horrible in the whole country. We are going to replant grass in our fields. Even for Kasarani. We want an international state of the art facilities,” said Wario.

With the Eldoret facility under construction ahead of the championships, Wario said they need to work out on the pitch to ensure quality field.

“There is a specific business for replanting grass and that grass should be of the highest standard that will be approved by Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) and Confederation of Africa Football (CAF). Above all, there is a special team that will fly into the country to ensure that we have special grass and playing pitch,” added Wario.

With the slow pace of constructing the facility in Eldoret, Wario was not worried and insisted that the country has enough back ups that will host the African championships.

“For CHAN, we have many back up plans to host the championships. We have Kasarani, Nyayo, Kinoru Machakos and others. If you look at Kasarni we are doing  a good job. With such backups, we are not worried,” added Wario.

Although he insisted that despite having such facilities across the country, they want to spread the international event to the grassroots to ensure that people enjoy the game across the country.

“We want football to be spread to mashinani and other places like Eldoret where fans are really loyal and follow their respective teams that is why we want CHAN to come here so that people can experience international football right here. We are going to burn midnight oil to ensure that we succeed,” said the CS.

With CAF and FKF officials visiting the facility on Monday morning to inspect the progress, Wario said he was not part of the team and they have not briefed him.

“Am here to look at the progress of the first phase of the stadium that will have 10,000 spectators. This is my daily routine as we are planning to start the second phase. I came here on my own visit, not on FKF mission. Am surveying the seven stadia across the country,” added Wario as he headed to Kamariny stadium in Iten which is part of the seven stadia under construction by Sports Kenya.