- Posta Rangers head coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo has insisted Nyayo National Stadium is important to the Nairobi-based teams as City Stadium is tipped to host Kenya Premier League (KPL) matches once its renovation is completed.
The multi-purpose facility has been under renovations since 2017 when Kenya bid to host the 2017 African Nations Championship (Chan). Things slowed when the country was stripped of the hosting rights
but it will be completed by the end of this May as stated Sports Kenya Director-General Pius Metto.
The Ministry of Sports through Director-General Metto recently stated that the sporting facility will soon be available for use as renovation works are 95% completed.
“We have had a problem with availability of grounds and in such situations; everything is always in a mess. Most teams are located in Nairobi and their home ground is usually the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos,” Omollo said.
He added, “Most times you see AFC Leopards going all the way to Bukhungu Stadium or Mumias Sports Complex while Posta Rangers, after training in Nairobi, go to Narok Stadium and Gor Mahia will always have to travel to Kisumu to host matches.”
Omollo acknowledges the fact that the constant movements have affected KPl. He continues to say that these scenarios mean there is no home ground advantage for teams.
“Having a ground in the city center is very good especially for Nairobi teams because it will greatly cut the cost of traveling to stadiums located in far-flung areas. I am happy Nyayo will be back soon,” he asserted.
The Sports Stadia Management Board has always fined Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards for acts of destruction by their fans and Omollo has called for discipline from every supporter.
“But as a Kenyan, let me ask my fellow people to maintain discipline. Let us avoid property destruction and general acts of hooliganism,” concluded Omollo.
He finally urges fans to behave and avoid destructive behaviors at all costs.
“If a referee makes a mistake – because he is human – please control yourself and do not destroy properties. If you do so [destroy stadium properties] you are not solving the problem.
“It is high time we grow out of these destructive acts,” he concluded.