The Kenyan Cabinet has given approval to construct a new stadium with a capacity of 60,000 seats in preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2027. This stadium, known as the ‘Talanta Sports City’ in Jamhuri, was part of the successful joint bid by Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania to host the tournament.
The decision to build this stadium is a part of Kenya’s commitment to upgrading its sports infrastructure for the prestigious Continental Cup. In addition to the ‘Talanta Sports City,’ the Kenyan government has entrusted the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) with the renovation and construction of four key stadiums, including the Nyayo Stadium with 30,000 seats, the Moi International Sports Complex in Kasarani with 60,000 seats, and the Kipchoge Keino Stadium.
This choice to involve the KDF in the project is based on their successful construction of the 10,000-seat Ulinzi Sports Complex in record time, which began in October 2022.
President William Ruto has expressed confidence in elevating Kenyan football and highlighted the government’s commitment to an overarching sports development plan. The goal is to promote and commercialize sporting talents to restore Kenyan football to global prominence.
Tanzania, Kenya’s neighbor, is also planning to construct new stadiums in preparation for the 2027 AFCON, echoing Kenya’s ambitious efforts.