Kenya will have to host international games outside the country following a ban on Kasarani and Nyayo. Stadia.
Nyayo had been granted temporary approval to stage two games that expires after Kenya hosts Rwanda in the last home match of the qualifiers in November.
Some of the areas Kasarani fell short include a poor pitch, inadequate floodlights for night games, substandard referees dressing room and lack of a fully equipped dedicated room for first aid.
The ban further implies that Tusker FC and Gor Mahia will have to host their Confederation Cup home fixtures away from home in November.
The development means the teams would be forced to look for home venues outside the country for upcoming duties
Kenya’s national team as well as Football Kenya Federation Premier League sides Gor Mahia and Tusker have been dealt a blow after the ban as they will not use Kasarani Stadium.
The stadium has been the major venue for international engagements for the Harambee Stars and the Premier League clubs.
Nyayo National Stadium, which hosted the recent games for Kenya and Tusker, has, however, been granted temporary approval since it will only host the Harambee Stars’ remaining World Cup qualifiers.
“Reference to the inspection visit conducted by Caf in Moi International Sports Center Kasarani as part of the stadiums’ assessment for confirmation for the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers,” a letter from CAF read.
“Reference to the inspection visit conducted by Caf in Moi International Sports Center Kasarani as part of the stadiums’ assessment for homologation for the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers. 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 & six,” read part of the CAF statement.
CAF expressed its dissatisfaction that following various temporary approvals given by CAF for the use of Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani Stadium in CAF competitions, the stadium still lacks several CAF criteria and requirements in order to properly host international senior competitions.
“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 statement continued.
Further, a decision has also been taken not to allow the stadium to host other CAF men’s senior national teams and CAF men’s interclub competitions.
Standards, a must
The stadium authorities have also been asked to 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.
CAF want the renovation plan be based on modern architecture, contemporary design, and quality materials with a clear project plan and specific timelines.
[National soccer team Harambee stars at a past match at Kasarani stadium, Nairobi. Photo/Courtesy].
“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,” CAF said.
Tusker will face CS Sfaxien of Tunisia while Gor Mahia will battle AS Otoho d’Oyo of Congo in the play-offs. The national team will host Rwanda in one of the two remaining World Cup qualifiers.