News Categories: Sports

30 Apr
By: Suleiman Mbatiah 0

Afraha Stadium upgrade to international standards kicks off

Governor Lee Kinyanjui today led the groundbreaking ceremony of the upgrade of Afraha Stadium in Nakuru Town East sub-County at Shs650 million to international standards.

The 73-year-old stadium will have a capacity of 14,300 up from the current 8,200 and will have a modern football pitch, running track, changing rooms, medical rooms, parking space and a restaurant among other amenities.

The Governor said the first phase of the modern stadium will be completed in 14 months and the upgrade will attract more sporting events to Nakuru County, therefore placing the region as a premier sports tourism site.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui and other guests go through the artistic impression of the upcoming Nakuru Afraha International Stadium. Photo/Suleiman Mbatiah

Afraha Stadium situated in Biashara Ward is known for historic events including major football matches and athletics meetings and significant political rallies.

The Governor instructed County officials to find alternative playgrounds for teams that have been holding training sessions in Afraha Stadium pending completion of the project.

“The completion of the stadium will also increase the economic activity in the lower parts of Nakuru town and encourage businesses, such as hotels, to set up away from the CBD,” he stated.

The upgrade is part of our urban renewal program to expand Nakuru from just a one-street town. The capital investment will also create employment for youth during the construction period.

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29 Apr
By: NGPU 0

Keringet Sports Academy construction begins, ready for use in March 2022

The construction of Sh124 million Keriget Sports Academy in Keringet, Kuresoi South sub-County is fast taking shape. The contractor is now clearing, excavating and levelling the field as well as erecting a chainlink fence.

Phase one works entail the construction of running tracks, standard pitch, generator house, toilet blocks, among other areas. This will ensure athletes utilize the facility at Ndabibit Village, 2,800 meters above sea level, as other works progress.

The facility will serve local and international athletes who have been experiencing a lack of modern training facility and professional coaching. Previously, athletes from the region had to use roads or travel to other counties for training.

The high altitude training facility will also attract international athletes and scouts who will use it at a fee with a trickle-down effect on the local economy expected.

“The first phase is expected to be complete within 10 months,” said Chief Officer for Sports Dr William Migwe during a progress inspection tour in late April.

The development of sports infrastructure projects is in line with Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s manifesto on developing and naturing sports talents across the county.

The County Government of Nakuru has also constructed and rehabilitated, Bahati, Naivasha, Gilgil, Molo, Rongai, Kamukunji sports grounds among others.

Governor Lee’s administration is also reclaiming grabbed stadiums whereby it has embarked on a mission to survey, reclaim, catalogue and seek title deeds for stadiums.

Also present Sports Director, Ms Alice Gekonde and her Public Works counterpart, Engineer Muchemi Maina, officers from Athletics Kenya and local community members, among them athletes.

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