May 18, 2022

Shame as Caf bans Kasarani Stadium

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Kenyan teams will be forced to use foreign stadiums after CAF banned Kasarani Stadium.

It is the only stadium accredited by the body for international games.

The Confederations said in a tough letter on Friday that Kenya has failed to give the facility the necessary facelift even after being given more time to rectify.

“Reference to the inspection visit conducted by Caf in Moi International Sports Center Kasarani as part of the stadiums’ assessment for homologation (the granting of approval by an official authority) for the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers,” read the letter

As a result, Harambee Stars and local representatives in continental assignments Gor Mahia and Tusker might soon be forced to host matches outside the country.

“Based on the inspection report, we regret to inform you that the stadium did not meet the set minimum Caf stadium requirements and consequently will not be approved for the qualifying matches of the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 matchday five and six,” Caf said.

“As a result, we have taken the following decision: formal prohibition is made to use the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani for the remaining qualifying matches of the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022,” the report said.

The federation said that the facility will be blocked from hosting other Caf competitions until relevant authorities’ implementation all the requirements.

“Based on the stadium ban decision, the stadium authorities should consider initiating a complete renovation and refurbishment work of the stadium, in order to ensure that the stadium is approved in the future for Caf competitions.”

“We recommend that the renovation plan is based on modern architecture, contemporary design, and quality materials with a clear project plan and specific timelines. In order for Caf to follow the progress of the renovation works, we ask your federation to provide an action plan with the tasks and deadlines for the completion of the works in the stadium,” it read.

“Based on the inspection report, the stadium continues to lack Caf criteria and requirements in order to properly host international competitions, while the recommendations and remarks addressed to your federation in the context of previous inspections have not been fully implemented,” Caf said.

“As a result, we have taken the following decision: Grant temporary approval for the use of Nyayo National Stadium in the qualifying matches for the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 matchday five & six.

“Upon conclusion of the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 matchday five and six, the stadium will only be approved for any subsequent Caf international senior national teams matches and other Caf men’s interclub competitions subject to the implementation of all the Caf remarks.

“Kindly note that in accordance with the Caf Stadium inspection and approval procedure, a final stadium approval by Caf will only be granted if the points raised are correctly resolved in the coming period and a new Caf inspection confirms this.”

 

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