Kenya benefits from 2010 legacy

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Fifa official Ashford Mamelodi, on visit to Kenya, said the world soccer governing body will build an artificial football playing surface at the stadium worth about R5-million as part of the 2010 World Cup legacy.

“We have been in talks with officials of the Nairobi City Council and want the project completed by June next year. The tendering process should begin soon,” Mamelodi said.

The 15 000 capacity City stadium was the principle sporting facility in Nairobi before the construction of Nyayo Stadium and Moi International Sports Centre in the 1980s.

The completion of the project will give Kenya her first artificial football surface.

The construction of the turf is part of other similar projects undertaken by Fifa to ensure Africa countries gain something from the 2010 World Cup which will be held in Africa for the first time ever.

South Africa High Commissioner to Kenya Tony Msimanga has meanwhile been urging the Kenya government to take advantage of the World Cup coming to South Africa by building a world class sporting facility that can be used by the participating teams on their way to South Africa.

Fifa has announced it will spend R500-million on projects to improve African football. These include the installation of artificial pitches, like the one in Nairobi, professional leagues and the training of coaches form part of the 'Win with Africa in Africa' initiative.

“This World Cup should leave a legacy through out the African continent,” said Fifa’s Jerome Champagne.

An artificial pitch is to be installed in all but one of Africa's 53 member countries, the only exception being World Cup hosts South Africa.

A total of 21 have already been completed, most of them in national stadiums.

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