Hosting CHAN a Boost For KPL;Says Mwendwa
Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa says that African Nations Championships (CHAN) being played on the Kenyan soil will be beneficial to teams that take part in the country’s top flight league while speaking to the press on Friday.
Kenya is expected to play host to CHAN 2018 competitions and this is termed as a benefit for the Kenya Premier League teams.
The revamping will ease match congestion at football stadiums the thing that has persisted for a while.
According to Mwendwa,the venues that will be used for the tournament that comes after every two years will as well be utilized for premier league matches.
“Kenya being the host to CHAN is a boost for premier league teams because the venues used during the championships will also be available for league matches,”Mwendwa stated.
Four venues are expected to be selected from the shot listed five for the bianual tournament.
Kinoru stadium,Nyayo national stadium,Safaricom’s Kasarani stadium,Machakos stadium and Kipkeino stadiums are the arenas that need urgent revamping to be passed good to host CHAN 2018.
The venues are currently under refurbishment for the tournament and key areas are playing surfaces,the fan base,media zones,changing rooms,training grounds and V.I.P areas.
Nyayo national stadium has three majors issues to be addressed.First the V.I.P area is expected to be reconstructed due to the leaking roof.
Then the playing surface has to be chosen between artificial turf and natural grass.
The dressing rooms and training grounds of the same venue need to be doubled as each team must have its own changing room and training ground because a single venue hosts upto two matches a day at times.
The stands at Nyayo stadium too are also expected to be expanded to hold fans safely.
The attention shifted to Safaricom’s Kasarani stadium and it revealed that the arena’s media area needs to be upgraded for better coverage.
Kinoru,Machakos and Kipkeino stadiums are expected to be upgraded in media coverage areas,training grounds,changing rooms,playing surfaces and fan bases as the current situations of these venues don’t meet the required standards.
CAF requirements also touch on giant screens put inside the arenas as fans need to monitor replays of an ongoing match every time.
Initially, the premier league matches were mostly played at Nyayo and Kasarani stadiums but things seem to be getting better as three new venues also seem to be coming in addition.