Kisumu County on Wednesday-24th, June witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony of the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium by the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture, and Heritage Amina Mohamed and hosted by governor Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o.
The Ksh 350,000,000 facility has been estimated to take at least six months and speaking during the ceremony held at the ASK Mamboleo Showground, CS Amina said the 20,000 seater stadium will go a long way in promoting sporting talent in the county.
”The county of Kisumu has done well in terms of sports. They have allocated enough funds for sports development. For that reason, many youths in the county have been able to improve their livelihoods through their talent. That is as a result of sports facilities,” said Amina.
On the same day, Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground was renamed to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Sports Ground and will undergo a thorough facelift funded by the county government of Kisumu. Here, a majority of the indoor sports games will have their court built while the new Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium caters for football and rugby.
The CS lauded the efforts of the county government in developing sports facilities. Singling out Kenyan Premier League side Kisumu All Stars, she recalled their incredible National Super League campaign that saw them earn promotion into the top flight after just two seasons in the second tier.
”I want to laud the efforts of sports teams in the county. I was very happy with Kisumu All Stars when they joined the premier league. This shows that when you give the youths a chance they will deliver. Kisumu Lakers girls hockey, Lakeside basketball, and Lady Bucks basketball teams are also doing well and I am impressed. The Kisumu Tae Kwondo U16 team has won medals outside the country and will benefit from such facilities,” said Amina.
The building of an International Stadium in Kajulu will prompt the dilapidated Mamboleo-Muhoroni road to be constructed after years of neglect. This, she pointed out, was in fact a promise made from the president himself.
”His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta also promised that we will tarmac the Mamboleo-Chemelil road and that will open the economic activity around,” concluded the CS before heading to the former Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground for the official name-change.