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FIFA Slaps Ban On Nyayo, Kasarani Stadiums


FIFA deemed the two stadiums, Nyayo National Stadium and the Kasarani Stadium to be of substandard quality, thus cannot host international competitions.

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has banned two of Kenya’s top stadia from hosting any international competitions.

FIFA deemed the two stadiums, Nyayo National Stadium and the Kasarani Stadium to be of substandard quality, thus cannot host international competitions.

“Reference to the inspection visit conducted by CAF in Moi International Sports Center Kasarani as part of the stadium’s assessment for homologation for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – African qualifiers, based on the inspection report, we regret to inform you that the stadium did not meet the set minimum CAF stadium requirements and consequently will not be approved for the qualifying matches of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 matchday 5 & 6.

Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi. /FILE

“Unfortunately, following the various temporary approvals given by CAF for the use of Mol International Sports Centre Kasarani Stadium in CAF competitions, the stadium still lacks several CAF criteria and requirements in order to properly host international senior competitions. As a result, we have taken the following decision,” FIFA stated.

FIFA barred Kenya from hosting any Confederation of African Football (CAF) men’s senior national teams and CAF men’s interclub competitions.

It further ordered the stadium authorities to completely renovate and refurbish the stadia to make sure they are approved to host any CAF competitions in the future.

“We recommend that the renovation plan is based on modern architecture, contemporary design, and quality materials with a clear project plan and specific timelines.

“In order for CAF to follow the progress of the renovation works, we ask your federation to provide an action plan with the tasks and deadlines for the completion of the works in the stadium,” it added.

Kasarani Stadium has been hosting the World U20 Championships in September as well as the IAAF (now World Athletics) World U18 championship in July 2017 which saw a capacity crowd fill the stadium for the competitions.

Also in September, the stadium hosted the Kip Keino classic which attracted local and international stars.

As for the Nyayo Stadium, it was only renovated to international standards following intervention by the government.

President Uhuru Kenyatta while cheering off the athletes in Kip Keino Classic. /PSCU



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