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Does Wang'uru Stadium Really Meet International Standards?

This year's Mashujaa Day Celebrations were held at Wang'uru Stadium in Kirinyaga County which was recently completed to host the event. One of the things that caught the attention of many Kenyans is the name "International" on the Stadium's name, leaving majority wondering whether the stadium really met the standards.

According to research done by this publication, there are a number of factors considered before a stadium qualifies to attain an international standard. Firstly, the stadium must have a capacity of not less than 10,000 seats. Secondly, it should have adequate lighting for safety purposes and to allow 24/7 activities, and lastly, it should have quality infrastructure including shades and sporting amenities such as enough and spacious dressing and washrooms.

Africa has been trailing in terms of sports infrastructures. According to a survey conducted by CAF on May this year, about 22 countries in the continent do not have a single stadium which meets international standards. This made most African countries which qualified for the next World Cup to be given more time to refurbish and upgrade their standards. The report indicated that "only South Africa (thirteen enclosures), Egypt and Nigeria (seven), Morocco (six), Cameroon (five) and Equatorial Guinea (four)" stood out the test.

Kenya has a number of stadiums with Moi International Sports Center Kasarani being the largest. The stadium has a capacity of 60,000 seats and hosts international events in the country. Other big stadiums include Nyayo stadium (30,000), Bhukungu Stadium (30,000) among others across the country. Wang'uru Stadium has a capacity of 10,000 seats and therefore meets some of the international standard threshold. However, CAF recently called for refurbishment of Kasarani Stadium, meaning it's the only stadium meeting international standards.

Although the rest have high seating capacities, they lack quality infrastructures such as lawn and enough dressing rooms making them just "stadiums". However, with a few improvement, Kenya would boast of the highest number of quality stadiums in Africa.

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