- CAF says Nyayo National Stadium is not yet fit to host the 2018 CHAN matches less than 11 months before the tournament is supposed to kick off in Kenya.
- CAF Director of CHAN, Egyptian Mohamed Khalid Amin El Shawarby is leading the delegation touring facilities in the country.
- The body mandated to run football is Africa wants a better playing turf, improved VIP dias, giants screens installed in the stadium and improved media centre
- The officials will give their verdict and report on Friday 24th February 2017.
The Country’s second largest stadium, Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium may not be given the green-light to host the 2018 Africa Home Nations Championships (CHAN) unless five things are addressed urgently.
That was the general message from Confederations of Africa Football CAF officials on Monday 20th February 2017 when they visited the facility.
The four-man delegation led by CAF Director of CHAN, Egyptian Mohamed Khalid Amin El Shawarby toured Nyayo in company of members of the recently gazetted Local Organising Committee team that included Football Kenya Federation officials. The country is expected to host the championships in less than 11 months from now.
- Dressing rooms to be doubled to four.
The big brother feels most of the times a minimum of two matches are played in one stadium daily in the opening stages of such a tournament. Every team has to be in its own changing room which compels the facility to meet that standard.
- Specific species of grass to be used for the playing turf.
Natural grass versus artificial turf. Cold-weather grass versus Warm-weather varieties. There is plenty of debate within CAF’s various playing surfaces, and there is also plenty complaints to go around. Though slightly behind time, CAF are expected to give their verdict on the specific turf they want installed at Nyayo.
- VIP dais redone anew.
The VIP dias at the Nyayo National stadium is a mess. Everyone knows that and sadly it didn’t take CAF officials long to notice that. Among its many problems is a leaking roof. Doing it afresh will be the least expectation.
- Wide television screens installed inside the stadium.
Fans are keeping score and watching instant replays on mega on giant screen in the trend in stadiums this days. CAF, want the same stands extended to the nation’s second largest facility. Sadly that is lacked previously. They will have to act in haste to meet the requirements.
- Refurbishment of the media centre and commentary booths.
Sadly the state of the media centre or lack of the facility at large is of concern to everyone. There is no way one expects comprehensive coverage of continental event without a functioning media centre. CAF, wants that prioritised if the stadium is to pass fit and also ensuring the commentary booths are refurbished.
CAF First Vice-president, Sukeru Patel from Seychelles will be in the country on Friday and is expected to give a general assessment report of the latest inspection tour that is the third since the country was given 2018 CHAN hosting rights.
The team is expected in Eldoret on Tuesday, Machakos on Wednesday and Meru a day later before returning to the capital Nairobi on Friday to deliver their findings.
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