Two new stadia to be built in Kenya

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Kenya will commence construction on two modern sports stadia in October, said Fred Muteti, chairman of Sports Kenya and the precursor of the Sports Stadia Management Board (SSMB), during an announcement that the organization has entered into negotiations with two European countries.

“We have approached Norway and Sweden each to help us put up a stadium at sea level in Mombasa and another one in the high altitude area of Eldoret,” said Muteti, who added that the proposed state-of-the-art facilities will enable Kenya to host international sporting events such as the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup.

Kenya recently undertook refurbishment of the 60,000-seater Kasarani Stadium, which was built in 1987 for the fourth All Africa Games following a US$10m donation from the Chinese government. Refurbishment of Moi Stadium in Kisumu and Kip Keino Stadium in Eldoret were undertaken in partnership with the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) and other stakeholders.

Muteti said three other stadia would be built through public private partnership following the completion of the Mombasa and Eldoret venues, bringing the number of new stadia to five.

May 29, 2015

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