AFCON 2027: CAF inspectors expected in Nairobi to check Kenya’s progress on match venues

Kenya's Kasarani stadium has been voted as the venue for the 2027 AFCON final | Photo Credit: Standard

AFCON 2027: CAF inspectors expected in Nairobi to check Kenya’s progress on match venues

Joel Omotto 14:42 - 10.07.2024

CAF inspectors will be in Nairobi this week to assess the level of preparedness for Kenya ahead of the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations.

Confederation of African Football (CAF) inspectors will arrive in Kenya on Friday to assess the country’s preparedness to co-host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations.

Kenya won the bid to host the tournament alongside neighbours Uganda and Tanzania and have been in a race against time to the get infrastructure needed ready, with the closure of Kasarani and Nyayo Stadiums for renovation.

The country also started construction of a football-only stadium, Talanta Sports Complex, in Jamhuri, Nairobi which will be one of the venues for the tournament.

The CAF delegation will be in Nairobi to check the country’s progress with visits to Kasarani, Nyayo stadium and the Talanta Sports Complex before giving its report although it is not known if a visit to Uganda and Tanzania is also planned.

Of the three countries, Kenya is the only nation still without a CAF or FIFA-approved stadium after Uganda had the Mandela National Stadium (Namboole) cleared to host international matches last month.

Kenya were forced to host their home 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Burundi and Ivory Coast in Malawi in June but there is hope that they will play in Nairobi during the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that start in September.

It is one year since the CAF inspectors toured East Africa, having been in the region in July 2023, two months before the EAC Pamoja Bid won the hosting rights for AFCON 2027.

Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba last month provided an update on the renovation work at Kasarani Stadium.

“Kasarani Stadium. Fully stripped and refurbishing works well on track, including overhaul of the playing surface, ICT capabilities, VIP lounges, changing rooms, abulitions and other amenities,” Namwamba posted on social media.

For Kasarani, CAF standards stipulate a minimum requirement for floodlight; there should be a lux amount of illumination and the lights have to be overhead. There must be seats in the entire stadium and the VIP area also need to have immovable seats.

There should also be a public address system, venue control, media centre, improvement on changing rooms, the dugout, drainage, mixed zone and there should be medical facilities that will attend to not only players but spectators and VIPs.