Kenya gears up for AFCON with new builds and renovations


In an official despatch from the executive office, Kenyan President William Ruto welcomed Kenya’s awarding of co-hosting rights for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2027, and provided details on planned new builds and renovations.

These plans coincide with Kenya’s nomination for several continent-wide football contests, including the African Nations Championship (CHAN) next year, the CECAFA Under-18 Championship in November, 2023, and the AFCON Under -15 (Pan-African Schools Football) CECAFA Region Championship this December.

“The ambitious plan includes building the Talanta Sports Complex (Jamhuri, Nairobi) and extensive renovations of Nyayo National Stadium, Moi International Sports Centre – Kasarani, and Kipchoge Keino Stadium,” said Ruto.

Its signature project will be the construction of the Talanta Sports Complex, a60,000-seater football stadium featuring “ample parking, world-class training pitches, a commercial hub named the
‘Hustler Bazaar’, an arena, and a dedicated public transport terminus.”

The renovation efforts for Moi International Sports Centre – Kasarani, Nyayo, National Stadium, and Kipchoge Keino Stadia will include pitch rehabilitation, enhanced facilities, ICT infrastructure, canopy installation, and Hustler Bazaars.

Ruto says these are designed to meet standards set by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and position Kenya as a competitive sporting destination, unlock economic opportunities, and foster national sports development.

Kenya will co-host AFCON 2027 with Tanzania and Uganda.

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