The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has given a go ahead for two sporting facilities to host continental assignments in 2013 as Football Kenya Federation (FKF) threatens to ban Mombasa Municipal Stadium from hosting local league matches.
The Nairobi City Stadium and Mumias Sports Complex located in Western Kenya were given the thumbs up following a thorough inspection process conducted over the weekend by Caf inspector Bernard Mfubusa from Rwanda.
KPL champions Tusker FC and Fkf winners Gor Mahia are the country's flag bearer's in the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup for the second successive season.
According to a statement released by the Kenyan FA, Caf is now convinced that the two facilities alongside the Moi Kasarani and the Nyayo Stadium (both located in Nairobi), meet the continental body's requirements in hosting matches of top calibre.
"The Rwandan inspector accompanied by Fkf officials made an inspection of technical details of the Nyayo Stadium, Moi International Sports Center at Kasarani, Nairobi City Stadium and Mumias Sports Complex and then preliminary findings were positive."
"The two venues were cleared to host the African Continental matches involving Tusker and Gor Mahia that kick-off in February 2013. The inspection (procedure) was extended to the hotels and training grounds available to the visiting teams."
However, the inspection exercise has attracted controversy following the federation's claim that the inspection team was locked out of the Mombasa Municipal stadium for unknown reasons.
"The Mombasa Stadium will be locked out from hosting any international matches after Mombasa Mayor denied the visiting team (of inspectors) access to the venue."
"It is indeed a big blow to the Coastal fans who love the beautiful game as they will miss out on International matches in 2013. Kenya FA is contemplating banning the ground from hosting local matches as it hasn't been inspected."