BY SIMIYU WAKAJUANESS
Residents of Bungoma County have something to smile about after Governor Wycliffe Wangamati kick-started the process of upgrading the iconic Masinde Muliro Stadium – Kanduyi to a world class sports facility.
The County chief, who is serving his first term in office after taking over from the former Governor Kenneth Lusaka, on Saturday sanctioned the floating of a tender inviting bids to construct the coveted stadium.
The tender notice published in one of the dailies.
Giving Kanduyi Stadium a new face is part of the Governor’s manifesto aimed at raising the standards of sports in the region, a move understood to greatly benefit local youth teams.
According to the information posted on the Governor’s official Press Service Facebook page, the facility will be equipped with 21 offices including the media, VIP Room, VIP waiting area and Presidential Room.
The Press Page has also listed other features including:
- VIP bleachers with a 2,000 seater capacity and Public bleachers with seating capacity of 3,000 persons
- Changing and shower rooms/Lockers for athletes and players
- Officials & coaches room
- Changing room for ancillary staff
- Public washrooms
- First aid and medical center
- Pitch Maintenance and Control room
- Staff offices, and
- Parking lot
The graphic design of the Kanduyi Stadium. IMAGE CREDIT/Governor’s Press
Ground-breaking of the first phase of the Governor’s flagship project will take place in December 2018 and will accommodate 5,000 spectators.
The second phase of the project will see the facility expanded to a sitting capacity of 20,000 fans to emerge the biggest in the region, muscling out Kakamega County’s Mumias Complex Stadium (10,000 spectators) and Bukhungu stadium which has a sitting capacity of 5,000 spectators
Kanduyi Stadium remains famous for hosting crucial matches including Nzoia Sugar FC, AFC Leopards, Mumias Sugar in the 1990s during the days of the then sensational goal poacher Ken Simiyu.
The stadium, which is located along Eldoret-Malaba highway was renamed after the late anti-colonial fighter and former Cabinet Minister Masinde Muliro.
The fascility prides in producing one of the country’s most lethal striker Ken Simiyu. The left footed player died in 2002 after a long illness.
Other known football clubs in Bungoma include Nzoia FC which finished 13th on the table during the just concluded Kenyan Premier League and Bungoma Super Stars who play in the second tier.