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Ababu Namwamba: CS Guarantees All Stadiums Will be Ready For AFCON 2027

Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba has confidently assured that Kenya is on the right path in preparing for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations.


In a joint meeting in Diani, attended by representatives from Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, Namwamba outlined ambitious plans for the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani and the upcoming Talanta Sports City Jamhuri Stadium.

These facilities are set to be Kenya’s main sports venues for the continental event

Ababu Namwamba
Kenya’s Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba (left) and his Zanzibar counterpart Tabia Maulid Mwita at the joint stakeholders meeting during the East Africa Pamoja AFCON’27 in Diani Photo/Courtesy

The Kasarani stadium, with a 60,000 capacity, is set to undergo substantial renovations to meet CAF’s standards.

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Meanwhile, the construction of the football-exclusive Talanta Sports City marks a thrilling advancement for the future of the sport in Kenya.

Addressing the delay in project commencement, Namwamba said, “The start of these projects has taken longer than anticipated because the military, who were given the job, have internal processes they follow, but all is well now.”

In a recent update, Namwamba highlighted advancements made after a key meeting with Defence CS Adan Duale.

“I can confirm that in the latest briefing, I had a meeting with my colleague CS for Defence Adan Duale and agreed on key areas. The groundbreaking for Talanta Sports City Stadium will be done next month, and it will take two years to be completed,” he announced.

Nyayo National Stadium is slated for refurbishments, affirming Kenya’s dedication to sports development, not just for AFCON 2027.

In the midst of mainstream stadium renovations, the Ulinzi Sports Complex and National Police Sacco Stadium are designated as alternative arenas.

The East Africa Pamoja Afcon 2027 is a milestone event requiring six stadiums with a capacity for at least 40,000 fans, and the remaining four with a minimum of 20,000.

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The responsibility of preparing these facilities by 2025 lies with the three East African nations, each contributing Sh 4.6 billion to ensure the success of the event.


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