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IAfrica News Kenya Focus 

January 18 - 24, 2013

 

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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

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Nairobi football stadiums cleared
to host continental matches

World football governing body FIFA banned Kenyan
stadium in 2011 when seven fans died in a stampede
during a local derby at Nyayo National Stadium

SPECIAL REPORT BY XINHUA Sportswriter Kimathia Kamau

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan stadiums have received the green light to host international matches this season, according to the Kenya Football Federation (FKF) on Monday.

“After a very successful visit in the country by Bernard Mfubusa, a Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Stadium inspector, stadiums scheduled to host international matches have now received the required certification,” FKF chief Sam Nyamweya said here on Monday.

“The stadiums were cleared to host the forthcoming Africa continental matches involving Tusker and Gor Mahia football clubs that that kick-off in mid February.”

The Rwandese inspector visited at least seven facilities including the biggest stadia in the nation, Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani and Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.

Together with his team that also included officials of FKF, Mfubusa however, denied access to the Mombasa Municipal Stadium located in the second largest Coastal city of the country by the local mayor.

World football governing body FIFA banned Kenyan stadium in 2011 when seven fans died in a stampede during a local derby at Nyayo National Stadium coming after skirmishes marred a match involving national team Harambee Stars and Uganda at the same venue.

The sanctions were partially lifted last year with only 30,000 supporters allowed at the 60,000-seater Kasarani and 15,000 permitted for the 30,000-capacity Nyayo to allow Kenya honour her international engagements that included 2014 World Cup and 2013 Nations Cup qualifiers.

Domestic league titleholders, Tusker FC have to navigate through Seychellois side, St Michel United in the preliminary round before a glamour tie with record seven-time winners, Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League in the first round.

In the second tier Confederations Cup, Gor, the local Cup holders, will take on another Seychelles outfit, Anse Runion in the preliminaries with another Egyptian side ENPPI awaiting them in the opening round.

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