NAIROBI, Kenya- The Government is willing to support Harambee Stars head coach, Paul Put’s request to have his own technical bench as long as results are delivered.
At the same time, the State is satisfied with the ongoing renovations at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium that is racing to meet the April deadline to be ready for use after an inspection tour of the facility on Thursday led by the Principal Secretary for Sports in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, Kirimi Kaberia.
Speaking to reporters after the inspection, Kaberia noted the Government is ready to foot the expenses of bringing foreign technical bench members to work alongside the Belgian provided the national team will meet the objectives of qualifying for the 2019 AFCON and 2022 FIFA World Cups.
Reports in local media on Wednesday said Put is keen to have his predecessor, Stanley Okumbi and John Kamau relieved of their duties as his assistance in favour of his own team, a move that has caused ripples in the corridors of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).
During the site visit, Kaberia assured the venue which was supposed to host 2018 CHAN matches will be ready for handover to the Sports Stadia Management Board in April.
“I’m happy with the progress so far. I’m impressed that we have actually met the promise we made, which we said by this time we would have finished the upper part of the parking space,” Kaberia told reporters.
“By this time we had also said the part of the dais which is on the front end would be finished to enable us focus on refurbishing the VIP section with lifts through the lower section.
“When you go to the back side, I’m happy because you can see we have managed to establish the two separations for the football section, athletics changing rooms and final call room, which are at an advanced stage,” the Sports Ministry boss underscored.
The stadium was closed for renovation over five months ago when Kenya was preparing to host the CHAN before it was stripped of the rights and the second-tier continental showpiece awarded to Morocco who won the title last weekend.
Grass will be planted on the football pitch and not artificial turf as earlier suggested with the Project Chief Engineer, Chundresh Babarya, projecting the new surface will be laid by late March.
Upon completion, the refurbished Nyayo will have capacity to accommodate four teams at a ago with specialised lockers installed in the rooms for security purposes.
Nyayo Stadium was built in 1983 with a FIFA approved standard-size football pitch and a 30,000 sitting capacity.
It also boasts of an aquatic centre that has a filtration plant and can hold up to 2,000 people.
The stadiums Indoor Gymnasium hosts Kenya National Basketball League as well as the Kenya National Basketball Teams.