The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) will construct a Technical Centre worth Sh639mn (USD4.5bn) in Machakos. This follows signing of a deal between FKF and the County Government of Machakos on Monday afternoon.
Under the partnership, the county government shall lease 20 acres of land in Machakos to FKF. Importantly, the lease is for a period of 33 years which will allow for the construction of the center.
Reportedly, the center is envisioned to house one natural grass pitch and two artificial turf pitches. Additionally, the center will have an administration block fully equipped with offices and conference rooms.
Machakos Technical Centre Completion date
The project will be financed by the FIFA Forward project, and is expected to be completed in the next two years. Kenya currently does not have a Technical Centre, with the only FIFA-backed project being the ‘Goal Project’ at Kasarani. Moreover, the Federation’s headquarters are housed in Kasarani.
Tanzania recently started construction of their own, while Uganda has had its Centre in Njeru. Noteworthy, Njeru Technical Centre has hosted several CECAFA age-grade tournaments.
FKF President Nick Mwendwa says the technical center will be another milestone in broadening specs of talent identification and nurturing.
“If we are to develop our football wholistically, then we also have to develop our infrastructure. We have spent a lot hiring training venues for our national teams and special projects. This technical center will not only reduce our costs but also work towards giving our players a conducive environment to explore their potential,” Mwendwa alluded.
Governor Ndeti on her part was delighted with the partnership, and hopes for more talent identification in the region. Additionally, she hopes sports will offer employment to the people of the county.
“It’s a partnership that we are proud to have and we thank FKF for agreeing to bring this project here. We are looking forward to seeing this project become a success,” she said.