NAIROBI – Kenya will not host its International matches at Nyayo or Kasarani following a ban by international football body FIFA.
FIFA ruled the two stadia as substandard and not fit to hold international games after inspecting the two venues.
According to FIFA, the inspection was part of an assesment for homologation for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022-Affrican qualifiers.
The inspection conducted by CAF revealed the stadia did not meet the minimum CAF stadium requirements, disqualifying them for matchday 5 and 6.
“We regret to inform you that the stadium did not meet the set minimum CAF stadium requirements and consequently will not be approved for the qualifying matches of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 matchday 5 & 6.
FIFA thus directed Kenya not to host other CAF men’s senior national teams and CAF men’s interclub competitions.
The football body also directed complete renovation and refurbishment of the stadium to meet CAF requirements.
It recommended the renovation rely on modern architecture, contemporary design, and quality materials with a clear project plan and specific timelines.
“In order for CAF to follow the progress of the renovation works, we ask your federation to provide an action plan with the tasks and deadlines for the completion of the works in the stadium,” said FIFA.
Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani Stadium had temporary approvals from CAF to host its competitions even though it lacked criteria and requirements to host international senior competitions.
Kenya hosted the World U20 Championships at the Kasarani Stadium. The country also hosted IAAF (now World Athletics) World U18 championship in July 2017 at the same stadium.
The stadium also hosted the second edition of the Kip Keino Classic.
The ban also comes months after renovations at Nyayo Stadium, upgrading it to international standards.