The confederations of African Football (CAF) has removed Kenyatta stadium Machakos from the list of stadiums that can Host their games, Mauvoo News has learnt.
CAF in a letter to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) that was obtained by Goal.com stated that, “we regret to inform you that Machakos (Kenyatta stadium) is not on the list of approved stadiums and so you have to choose between Nyayo and Kasarani stadium to host CAF Matches.”
FKF had intended to host Women Olympic qualifiers on September 1st between Malawi and Kenya at Kenyatta stadium Machakos. In the suggested alternatives, only Kasarani stadium might be available as Nyayo stadium is still closed for renovations.
The second Upgrading of Kenyatta stadium in Machakos began in 2017 and was expected to be done at a cost of 800 million. According to Fred Muteti the sports Kenya boss and Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua the stadium was to be upgraded to international standards. The county Government first renovated the stadium in 2013.
In 2018 April, CAF approved Kenyatta stadium Machakos to host Gor Mahias first match. Kasarani Stadium and Nyayo stadium were then undergoing renovations.
While speaking to Mauvoo News following the media report by CAF, Machakos chief officer of youth and sports Henry Kioko requested FKF president Nick Mwendwa to write to CAF requesting for Kenyatta stadium inspection.
Kioko however says he is hopeful that Kenyatta stadium shall host the 31st August international match of Harambee starlets and Malawi.
The chief officer termed the purported reporting as malicious and unfair to the people of Machakos. “Kenyatta stadium has hosted a couple of international teams including England rugby team and champions since its renovation by Governor Mutua’s Government,” he added.
Mauvoo news has also learnt that images of Kenyatta Stadium have since been forwarded to FKF Kenya president for action.