Narok Stadium due for KPL games in a month – report


Head of KPL Technical, Safety and Security Gmt Otieno (R), Narok County Sports Director Ben ...
Head of KPL Technical, Safety and Security Gmt Otieno (R), Narok County Sports Director Ben Paul Kariuki, Principal Administrator Torome Kimutai, Kariobangi Sharks Sec Gen Steve Okwatoh and County Public Works Officials when the technical safety committee visited the Narok Stadium. (PHOTO/COURTESY)

The newly constructed Narok Stadium will be ready to host its first top flight match before the end of the month, Kenyan Premier League (KPL) officials said on Thursday.

This follows the latest inspection tour of the venue by KPL Technical, Safety and Security committee on Wednesday where much of the attention was focused on the state of the perimeter wall erected around the stadium.

 

Narok County Sports Director Ben Paul Kariuki confirmed they have been allowed to apply finishing touches before the league management sends an inspection team for a final tour later this month.

In the prevailing situation where the Nyayo National Stadium and the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani have been closed for renovation, Narok Stadium has attracted interests from top clubs including domestic giants AFC Leopards and Kariobangi Sharks.

“Everyone wants to play in this stadium and in fact now we have started telling people it has already been booked. We are still busy constructing the security fence and what we’re doing now is putting the wire mesh before it can be declared ready for matches.

“We also got recommendations on how to develop the playing service, although it is ready, but we are going to call for a roller to put the final touches,” Kariuki said.

The Nairobi-based Sharks were reportedly the first team to hand in a request to use the venue as their home ground and will thus be given first priority, as per the agreement between the County and the club’s Management Board.

Slightly over Ksh300m has been spent on Narok Stadium construction works with a planned track upgrade set to increase its budget later.

The stadium hosted its first high profile match in February; a friendly clash between league giants AFC Leopards and Narok All Stars with the match attracting a huge crowd.

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