Conditions needed to make Bukhungu Stadium ready in time for 2024 CHAN outlined

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FOOTBALL Conditions needed to make Bukhungu Stadium ready in time for 2024 CHAN outlined

Mark Kinyanjui 06:32 - 11.01.2024

Kenya intends to host CHAN 2024 in Kakamega, and conditions to make Bukhungu stadium ready in time for the tournament have been outlined.

Kakamega County Governor Fernandes Barasa has revealed what Bukhungu Stadium will need in order to ready it in time for the 2024 African Nations Championships (CHAN) which will be held in East Africa.

Kenya, alongside her neighbors Uganda, and Tanzania have reportedly won the bid to host the tournament scheduled for later this year, and the Sports Ministry has earmarked Kakamega as a possible host town for the tournament.

The region has attracted a lot of supporters as seen in the Kenya Secondary School ball games, as well as the U18 CECAFA Championships and the government is now optimistic it will be a good town to host the tournament.

The County’s Governor Fernandes Barasa has revealed what will need to be done to the stadium in order for it to attain CAF standards.

“We need to work on the changing rooms and improve the drainage system of the pitch and we also have terraces being constructed,” he said as quoted on Citizen Digital.

“Those are some of the items among others that have been highlighted by CHAN as the irreversible minimum requirements,” said Barasa.

“We have tasked the technical teams to work on the nitty-gritty because where we sit is to highlight the importance of having this stadium completed at least for purposes of hosting CHAN and by the end of this week we are going to submit a report to the ministry.”

Sports CS Ababu Namwamba has revealed that the plan is to have Kakamega to be the host 'city', but revealed that Kisumu and Nakuru could be used as backup hosts.

“Our target is to have Kakamega as the host city. Should there be a need for alternative or subsidiary sites, then we shall also be looking at Kisumu or Nakuru as possible subsidiary venues,” said Namwamba.

Namwamba also revealed plans to have all sporting facilities aligned with CAF and World Athletics standards.

“We are also in discussions with county governments that have sports facilities to avail these venues for purposes of these international assignments.

“For example, we are working closely with Governor Susan Kihika of Nakuru to ensure Afraha meets these standards."

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