Nakuru County CeC Member for Education sports and culture Francis Mathea has revealed that Nakurus’ Afraha stadium field track will be upgraded soon in order to promote athletics.
According to Mathea, the field track will be upgraded to tattern standard.
“As a county government, apart from setting aside money for the purpose, we have invited corporate bodies to partner” he said.
He added that the upgrade plan was in line with his department’s programme to improve sporting in Nakuru County.
The Afraha Stadium has already undergone some transformation for it will be recalled that just Weeks before president Uhuru Kenyatta led the nation in Madaraka day celebrations at the venue on 1st June last year, the county government of Nakuru spent more than Shs 70 million in giving the stadium a facelift increasing the seating capacity from 15,000 to slightly over 70,000.
This included fixing of additional gates, floodlights and lavatories, as well as construction of more stands.
This has somehow raised the standards of the stadium and according to CeC Mathea, many teams that have been participating in the national super league have shown interesting in shifting their training base to Afraha stadium owing to its improved status adding that apart from local matches.
Not only that but the stadium has also hosted the Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Cultural Association- KICOSCA, East African Legislative assembly – EALA and Kenya communications sports organization- KECOSO games since the county government of Nakuru took over its management from the defunct Municipal council of Nakuru with fans attending various games in the stadium also have the laxity of enjoying free wifi.
Through the department of ICT, the county government of Nakuru in collaboration with Liquid Telecom Kenya, in March 2015 launched free WiFi which covers a 10 kilometer radius from the central business District with a capacity of 1 Gigabyte per second.
Although it’s a multi-purpose stadium Afraha stadium whose history dates backs to the 1940 s is mostly known for hosting football matches and is the home stadium of Nakuru All Stars and Ulinzi Stars.
If you come from Nakuru County or even Neighboring counties and you have never been to Afraha Stadium, then make a date and visit the premise to have a feel.