The Machakos county government has embarked on rehabilitating Kenyatta Stadium to international standards. "Besides planting grass and building stands, we are also installing CCTV cameras both inside and outside the stadium," Governor Alfred Mutua said.
However, Mutua declined to disclose the amount of money being spent on the rehabilitation. He said he will do so on completion of the work. Mutua was speaking at the stadium yesterday after hosting a delegation of Football Kenya Federation officials led by the chairman Sam Nyamweya.
Nyamweya expressed satisfaction at the work being done. "Our stadium will be the craving for all teams to play in. Not only will the pitch be among the best in the country but security will also be guaranteed," said Mutua.
Besides the wall surrounding the stadium, the contractors have put a chain link perimeter fence between the stands and the football pitch. Mutua said the stadium has supporting infrastructure in form of training grounds in institutions nearby and good hotels close to the facility.
He said the stadium is also located close to the Machakos Level 5 Hospital hence response to emergencies if need be will be efficiently handled. Nyamweya said the stadium will be used to host some of the CECAFA matches during the regional tournament scheduled for November 29 to December 12.
"I urge the Stadia Management Board to borrow a leaf from the way Kenyatta Stadium is being structured especially dressing rooms and stands," Nyamweya said. He said it will be nice for the national team Harambee Stars to host their matches in Machakos during the tournament.