Kamau NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- British coach Dylan Kerr on Monday
challenged Kenyan authorities to improve playing facilities if the country hopes
to host a successful 2018 Africa Home Nations Championships (CHAN) early next
Kerr, a former English professional
footballer, criticized the standard of pitches in the country saying they were
stunting the growth of football as the country prepares to stage the second-tier
continental football tournament next Jan.
“We train at Camp Toyoyo which is a 3G
surface and then play on grass. I hope Kenyan football authorities sort it
out for CHAN because the national stadium is a disgrace for top-flight
football,” Kerr said.
“If you watch the Premier League and
all other European competitions, every field is immaculate. Now you have the
chance to do it, so do it before it’s too late and the tournament is taken
elsewhere,” he added.
Kerr, who is in charge of record
domestic league winners and current log leaders, Gor Mahia FC, was speaking
after the end of a tense derby against arch rivals AFC Leopards SC that ended
1-1 at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on Sunday.
Nyayo is one of the five venues
earmarked for CHAN games and Kerr complained its current state was shortchanging
fans who come to see teams play good football.
“Give the fans a chance to watch
enjoyable football on Premier League worthy pitches and sort the footballs
out too. We are playing with balls that have probably been used for two
years,” said Kerr.
“If you are in the Premier League,
every time you come out you get a brand-new ball not second hand balls. The
league officials need to sort that out,” the ex-Sheffield Wednesday FC,
Leeds United FC and Reading FC defender added in attacking the Kenyan
His team that is seeking to extend
their record to a 16th domestic title sits at the summit on 44
points, six clear of second placed Sofapaka FC with Posta Rangers FC (35)
rounding the top three.
The Kenyan topflight season has been
hit by a lack of proper playing facilities owing to the part closures of Nyayo
and the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.
Kinoru (Meru), Kenyatta (Machakos) and
Kipchoge Keino (Eldoret) are other stadia earmarked to host the CHAN with
inspectors from the Confederation of Africa Football expected in early Sept. for
Kenyatta was closed to the public on
Monday and handed over to contractors who are supposed to start final
preparations to get the venue ready with other facilities set to follow suit in
the coming days according to local authorities.