With Joel Masibo
Moi Stadium in Kisumu is set to undergo a facelift as Kenya prepares to co-host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations tournament alongside Tanzania and Uganda.
During his official visit to Kisumu, Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba over the weekend revealed that renovations on the facility is aimed at improving sports infrastructure in the lakeside devolved unit.
The new stadium will be equipped with an indoor arena, aquatic center, as well as an outdoor recreational and service block.
“This is a very old facility and we intend to work with the county government of Kisumu to put up a new stadium here in preparation for the 2027 Afcon,” said Namwamba.
“The lake side city is an entertainment capital of the Republic of Kenya, that is why we need to invest in the right level of facilities,” said CS Namwamba.
“Kisumu is going to be host of major international sports events because it has hosted major events in the past including Africities, Dala Sevens among others.”
Kisumu Governor Professor Anyang Nyong’o also revealed that Moi Stadium was in the county’s plan for renovations but the mission was hampered by lack of resources.
The national government and Professor Anyang Nyong’o’s administration will expand the facility to a 30,000 seater capacity to be ready by next year July.
“Now that we have the support of the national government, we are more confident that this plan will be achieved, we shall continue to improve the stadium further even after the event,” said Nyong’o.
Ahead of the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations, Kenya has picked Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi and Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret as the venues for the 2027 tournament.