Five venues banned from hosting KPL matches

Kenya Premier League Limited has officially banned – Thika Stadium, Bukhungu, Kinoru Stadium in Meru and Embu Stadium – for poor state of facilities

The poor state of facilities at the Thika Stadium, Chemelil Sports Complex and Bukhungu Stadium has forced the league’s Stadia and Safety Committee to temporarily bar the venues from hosting league matches.

According to KPL website, Kinoru Stadium in Meru and Embu Stadium, which were included on the fixtures list this season, have also been found by the committee to be unfit while Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County has been approved to host the games.

These decisions were reached by the committee chaired by Laban Jobita following an inspection of all the facilities in January. GMT Otieno, Robert Nyakundi, John Baraza and Lillian Nzile are the other members of the team.

According to the report, Thika Stadium's playing surface is in bad shape and the goal posts are not of the recommended size. The facility, which is home to Thika United, lacks changing and washrooms for players and officials and doesn't possess enough washrooms for the general public.

The Kinoru Stadium in Meru County, which Tusker had hoped to use for their home ground this season, is not ready to stage any tie according to the report, because it has an uneven playing surface that is infested with anthills and gaping holes, while the goalposts are of the wrong size.

The report also revealed that Embu Stadium’s inner perimeter fence is low with a weak chain-link and hence a danger to players and spectators.

Chemelil Stadium, which is home to regular league campaigners Chemelil Sugar, has a low and porous fence that needs to be raised to about 2.5 metres high. The report says the dugouts at the facility are far apart, and need to be relocated to about 15 metres from the centre line.

The Bukhungu Stadium also has goal posts of the wrong size that need to be replaced. Machakos Stadium, Muhoroni Stadium, Mumias Sports Complex, Green Stadium in Awendo and Afraha Stadium together with all the facilities in Nairobi and Mombasa have been approved to host league matches.

The committee proposed that teams that have had their designated home grounds suspended seek alternative venues for the 2014 league matches until their venues meet the recommended minimum standards.