Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba has explained why the Talanta Hela stadium earmarked to be constructed at Jamhuri Grounds in Nairobi is yet to kickstart months after its commissioning.
Speaking exclusively to Kenyans.co.ke, the CS revealed that the delays were occasioned by changes done to the initial design.
Namwamba added that the changes were proposed by potential investors who had shown interest in investing in the project.
Consultations with the investors were aimed at making the project much better, with construction set to begin in due course.
Sports CS Ababu Namwamba addressing the media on Monday, November 28, 2022
According to government documents, the 60,000-seat stadium is expected to be Kenya’s main sports facility for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
“There is a design that we had even made public, but when we shared that design with some of the people who have shown interest in executing the project, some fresh ideas came to the table, and there have been a lot of consultations.
“We have settled on the final design which will be released soon once the contractor is determined. On AFCON we are on track,” he stated.
Designs for the Talanta Hela Stadium were unveiled in September this year, with many Kenyans questioning why the project was yet to kickstart.
On the other hand, Ababu indicated that the renovations of the other stadiums, including Kasarani, will be undertaken in due course beginning this month.
Regarding the 2027 AFCON Finals, the CS stated that the country set to host the ultimate game would be selected upon completion of all the stadiums in the host nations.
He asserted that an agreement would be reached between the host countries, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, in consultation with the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
“We will look at live broadcast, VAR capabilities, security, and accessibility. We have the metrics to choose where the opening and closing ceremonies will be done,” the CS stated.
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