The Gusii Stadium will be renamed in honour of the Late veteran Politician Simeon Nyachae who was laid to rest on Monday, February 15.
Addressing mourners at the stadium, President Uhuru Kenyatta said the stadium will be renamed Simon Nyachae Stadium. The government will also allocate an additional KSh150m to Kisii County to elevate the stadium to international standards, to be complete before 2022.
Uhuru said the move was as a result of Nyachae’s love for sports when he was a civil servant and as a politician.
Nyachae was the patron of Kisii based Football Kenya Federation (FKF) second-tier Shabana FC in the 90s. Shabana currently plays in the National Super League (NSL)
“We have decided to rename this stadium after this great leader who strived to improve sports in the country in his remembrance. We expect the works to improve this facility to international standards and to be finalised before the end of the year” said the President.
“We will give an additional Sh150m to the Kisii County to complete the stadium. And ensure this stadium is completed by the end of this year and upgraded to an international standard,” Uhuru said.
On the same breath, President Kenyatta directed the Sports Ministry to establish a Sports Academy at Nyanturago Stadium located in Nyaribari Chache, Kisii County.
“I have directed the Cabinet Secretary for Sports to embark on the construction of a sports academy at Nyanturago and this should be finalised before I leave office” he added.
Once established, the academy will be renamed after legendary athlete Nyantika Mayoro who passed on in February 2019.
Mayoro is remembered for winning the 3,000 metres race at the 1953 Indian Games in Madagascar and the 1954 Commonwealth Games.
In the 1960 Olympics, he competed in the 5000m race. His time of 13:52.8 was a new African record. Mayoro retired from running in 1964 and died in 2019.
The head of state was making his remarks during the burial of veteran politician Simeon Nyachae who passed on February 1, 2021, at the Nairobi Hospital aged 88.