Gor City Stadium return has been boosted as the Government plans to take over and complete the rehabilitation this year
- Nairobi City Stadium is expected to take a new face as The Ministry of Sports initiates talks with the Nairobi County Government to take over the rehabilitation, running, and management of the Stadium.
As revealed by Sports Principal Secretary Joe Okudo, talks have kicked off between the national government and the Nairobi County government, under which the stadium falls, to have it rehabilitated to proper standards.
“We have discussed its takeover with the County because it is a County facility. Now we are in good standing with the County government and it is high time we reclaimed the stadium. It was never built to be a market but a stadium, particularly for football,” Okudo said.
“We will come up with a work plan and a budget to ensure that we have done City Stadium within this year,” he added.
Traditional, City Stadium is the home ground of record Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia but has been closed for nearly five years now to Premier League games. Its closure has dealt with K’Ogalo a huge amount of revenue loss through gate collections.
The facility had also been a refuge for many other teams with the medium and low number of fans especially due to its easy accessibility.
There have been setbacks over its rehabilitation since the days of former Governor Evans Kidero but Okudo says they hope to finish the stadium in time before the year ends.
“We have been told about City Stadium just today. We will send a team there to take a brief on the requirements, and from there we will start plans to ensure we make it to the standards like we see Nyayo National Stadium,” SK Muli, the Chief Architect in the Ministry of Public Works said.
The sports PS concluded, “It is a commitment we have made and we will work hard to complete all the stadia we have promised. We have about 15 stadia earmarked to be developed between now and December. There are no sports now but we want that by the time we are back, we can provide the infrastructure needed and we can spread sports all over the country and not just in Nairobi.”