President Ruto officially launches groundbreaking of Talanta Sports City

FOOTBALL President Ruto officially launches groundbreaking of Talanta Sports City

Mark Kinyanjui 11:59 - 01.03.2024

The President has officially launched the construction of the stadium which will host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations.

President William Ruto has officially launched the commencement of the Talanta Sports City at Jamhuri Grounds, marking the initial phase. 

The Talanta Sports City is designated to host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations, along with Kasarani Stadium.

The construction of the project was approved by the Cabinet in October 2023 as part of Kenya's commitment to hosting the 38th edition of the continental tournament.

The government had earlier contemplated building the stadium in Shanzu, Mombasa.

In his groundbreaking statement on Friday, President Ruto expressed satisfaction with the project being located in his former village. 

He urged collaboration between the ministry and the county government to ensure the local community in Ngando reaps the benefits. 

"I have agreed with the ministries, and that is why the Ministry of Sports and the Ministry of Defence are also represented here because we want this stadium to be built to world-class standard using military discipline," Ruto said.

"I will expect our defense team, Aden Duale, the CDF, and the team to make sure all the timelines we have agreed are kept by the contractor and I expect that there will be supervision every week, every two weeks and I will be here myself every three months until this facility is completed." 

It also approved the reconstruction of Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret, all of which shall be supervised by the Defence Ministry.

Kenya is currently in the midst of an ambitious effort to build stadiums across various parts of the country to position itself as a competitive sporting destination while fostering talent development.

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