FKF pushing for Nyayo National Stadium to host World Cup Qualifiers

FOOTBALL FKF pushing for Nyayo National Stadium to host World Cup Qualifiers

Mark Kinyanjui 18:05 - 26.07.2023

Both Kasarani and Nyayo are set to undergo renovations in order to meet CAF standards.

FKF President Nick Mwendwa has confirmed that both the Moi International Sports Centre (MISC) Kasarani and Nyayo National stadia will not be hosting league matches this season as renovations are set to take place following inspections by the African football governing body CAF.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday, Mwendwa added that the Federation, in conjunction with the government, is trying to find an amicable solution to ensure that Harambee Stars will play their World Cup qualifying matches at Nyayo National Stadium, which is “closer” to the standards that CAF require compared to Kasarani

The stadia will be renovated and we are ready. We just need your support (as fans). Nothing more, “ Mwendwa said.

In terms of the inspection we have been given by CAF, there are a few things that it will require in order to reach the standards required quickly. Maybe within a month or so, it should be ready to host CAF matches.

Mwendwa hopes that the prospective contractor will have finished the job on Nyayo just before November when the World Cup qualifiers will commence.

We want to play our home World Cup qualifiers at Nyayo Stadium, but we will see how to go about it as we want to play there while it is undergoing reconstruction. That is the issue we have. 

When Nyayo is closed in November, how are we going to find an amicable solution to play there? (Like I told you) It is the closest stadium in terms of being completed. 

We will not play here (at Kasarani Stadium) because it will require a lot more work (in order to meet the CAF standards). Kasarani is still some way off.

However, when we close both stadiums, where will we play? Those are the things as you have heard the Cabinet Secretary saying that we are trying to juggle and sort out," he added. 

Meanwhile, Mwendwa has also confirmed the grounds set to be used for next season’s FKFPL campaign while the country’s two biggest stadia undergo renovations, including Machakos Stadium which is close to being completed according to the federation boss.

We will use the Police Sacco Stadium, Ulinzi Stars, Machakos which is set to be completed, and the Annex. We need about four in Nairobi.