Finally the long-awaited upgrade on Nairobi city stadium is set to commence according to the Nairobi County Annual Development Plan for the financial year ending June 30, 2023.
This is part of the 1.05 billion that has been set aside for sport and recreational facilities, it has now been revealed on Wednesday.
“At a cost of Sh1 billion City Stadium will have a new look and attractive stadium which will be fitted with modern equipment, “reads the plan.
Nairobi city stadium was shut down in 2016, by the Stadia Safety and Security Committee for not meeting the minimum standards hence being unable to host league matches.
Three years later in September, City Hall started work to rehabilitate the historic stadium but stalled for unknown reasons only to announce Last October that it will work with the national government to speed up renovation in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive for a collaborative effort between the two levels of government to upgrade major sports facilities in the country.
City Hall also announced plans to construct four new state-of-the-art stadiums aiming to address the need for more sports and recreational facilities for the youth in the county.
The new stadia were to be built as per Fifa standards in Dandora, Jacaranda grounds, Kariokor and Kihumbini. So far, work has commenced only at Dandora and Kihumbini but again stalled.
At the moment, the Nairobi county sports men and women are currently practising for their annual KIMSCA games at the dilapidated stadium, with the exact day of renovation still unknown.
By Shadrack Andenga Odinga