Kinoru Stadium to be closed for five months


FKF President Nick Mwendwa after an inspection tour of the Kinoru Stadium in Meru County. (...
FKF President Nick Mwendwa after an inspection tour of the Kinoru Stadium in Meru County. (PHOTO/Martin Mwenda)

The Kinoru Stadium in Meru County will be closed for five months to allow renovation for the second phase of the construction that will be conducted by the Central Government.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa who led CAF officials for an inspection tour of the facility said the team gave a positive review of the progress made by the local government.

Mwendwa who accompanied the officials on Tuesday for a similar exercise at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos said the pitch will host a maximum two matches before its closure.

“Thereafter it shall be closed for five months to allow renovation that will include replacement of the entire grass on the pitch. We expect this to take about 21 weeks to allow the grass to grow,” Mwendwa told Citizen Digital.

He said Meru residents should expect the field to be reopened in November in readiness for the 2018 Africa Home Nations Championships (Chan) set for January.

“We are ready for the second phase of the renovation and once the field is reopened, Group D teams of the CHAN matches will be held here,” he added.

Kinoru facelift was to be done in two phases with the first done by the local government and which is expected to end in mid July.

“Phase two work will be done by the Central Government through Sports Kenya and the local organizing committee of the Cup of Nations,” he added.

However phase two work of the project has been tendered by Sports Kenya and it is expected to be completed at the end of October.

The phase two work will include extension of the VIP dais and lounge, lighting up the stadium to allow for matches that will be played at night, refurbishment of the Media Centre, offices and the parking areas.

Sofapaka is expected to play Gor Mahia FC on June 17 at the venue.

The contingent will round off the tour at the Kenyan capital Nairobi where Nyayo Nation Stadium and Moi Sports International Center Kasarani will be under the CAF scope.

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