Nyayo National Stadium,the countries second largest football arena may not be granted the green light to host the 2018 CHAN competitions.
The facility is rated below average for the the bieannual tournament.However,it can only host the championships if five key areas are addressed immediately.
Confederation of African Football officials (CAF) visited the stadium on Monday and delivered the message.The delegation consisted four officials headed by CAF director Mohamed Khalid El Shawarby in company of FKF officials.
The key issues that need urgent attention are dressing rooms that need to be doubled to four.
This is because most of the times a minimum of two matches are played in one stadium during opening days of the tournament and each team must have its own changing room.
Another area that needs immediate attention is the playing surface.The selection has to be done on Natural grass, artificial turf, cold-weather grass and warm-weather varieties.
CAF are expected to give their final verdict on the specific playing surface they want installed at Nyayo although behind time.
The VIP area at the Nyayo National stadium is in poor state. CAF officials didn’t take long before noticing that. The worst of it all being that the area has a leaking roof.
Total renovation or construction will be the only option to salvage the situation.
Wide screens are needed to be installed inside the facility as fans have to keep an eye on the scores and watch instant replays on mega giant screen as is the trend in stadiums this days.
CAF also want the stands extended to the nation’s second largest facility. This needs to be done in a haste as there is no enough time left.
The lack of facilities in the media center is also a concern. 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 will visit the country on Friday and is expected to give a general verdict on the latest inspection tour that is the third since the country was given 2018 CHAN hosting rights.
The team is expected to tour Eldoret on Tuesday, Machakos on Wednesday and Meru a day later before returning to the capital Nairobi on Friday to deliver the report on the inspection.