Stadia Watch: Nairobi on the right track as Mombasa, Kisumu go wrong
Former Mombasa Municipal Council Stadium which is now under Mombasa County Government is under construction. The new stadium will host a number of games and international matches. It will cost 1.7 billion shillings. 23rd June 2020. Photo Omondi Onyango/Standard

Since sports became a devolved function, there has been a rise in the number of stadia and sports infrastructure.

Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu have experienced a steady development of sports infrastructure but their construction has been going on at a snail’s pace.

At some point, it was difficult to stage local matches since most of the stadia were under construction or were being renovated.

Nairobi’s Dandora Stadium is a case study. The 15,000-seater, which cost Sh250m, is complete with shops, gym, terraces and floodlights.

City Stadium is still under renovation but dressing rooms and toilets are complete. The artificial turf is also yet to be changed.

Tartan track is being laid and construction work on the terraces is underway. The county plans to renovate Woodley Stadium in Kibera and Camp Toyoyo at a cost of Sh40m.

Other grounds marked by the county for renovation are BP grounds in Riruta Satellite in Kawangware, Ziwani grounds in Kariokor and Kihumbuini grounds in Westlands.

Nairobi has 66 social halls that include Muthurwa, Pal Pal Gym, Kaloleni, Kariobangi, Mathare Depot and Joseph Kangethe.

Stadia Watch: Nairobi on the right track as Mombasa, Kisumu go wrong
Children balance with water for domestic use on a temporary path made of tyres to access the lake at Dunga Beach in Kisumu on May 21,2020. The path was rendered impassable after lake water rose. (Photo: Denish Ochieng/ Standard)

In Kisumu, Moi Stadium is in a deplorable state with only one main stand that’s in a bad state and cannot host an international match.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission stopped the proposed Sh1.3billion facelift over graft claims.

With the resumption of sports activities, it is uncertain that the facility will host Kenyan Premier League matches as traders have been operating inside the facility for the last three months.

In Siaya, the Sh394 million Siaya Stadium is set to be completed in December, with 70 per cent of work already done.

Migori Stadium has become a hay field despite Sh120 million being injected into it.

Locals harvest the tall grass on the pitch for their livestock. Migori Youth used the ground for their National Super League matches  on the grounds.

In Homa Bay, there is hope after the construction of the stalled Homa Bay Stadium resumed in July last year. The cost estimated at Sh369 million.

Stadia Watch: Nairobi on the right track as Mombasa, Kisumu go wrong
Ongoing construction of the new Dandora Stadium in Embakasi North Sub-County, which is expected to be completed in July this year in order to give the youth a chance to nurture their talent at the state-of -the-art sports facility. The new Dandora Stadium will have notable features like; artificial turf, seats, a gym centre, modern stalls, floodlights and CCTVs [COURTESY]

However, Kakamega County has seen the fruits of devolution with the first phase of Bhukungu Stadium completed at a cost of Sh500 million.

It hosted the 2017 Cecafa matches and is now set for completion with a Sh2.5 billion second phase currently under construction.

In Bungoma County, the construction of Masinde Muliro Stadium at a cost of Sh700 million is expected to lift standards of sports in the region.

In Mombasa, the 50-year-old  Mombasa Stadium has been closed for five years. The county has allocated Sh1.7 billion for its renovation. Bomu Stadium cost the county Sh85 million.

Sports activities have always been staged at Uwanja Wa Mbuzi Stadium, which cost Sh75 million. [Stories by Oyugi Ochieng, Washington Onyango and Ernest Ndunda]



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