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Players have to wait a long time for the first stadium in Turkana County



  BERNARD ROTICH

By BERNARD ROTICH
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   SAMMY LUTTA

By SAMMY LUTTA
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Turkana, the second largest county in Kenya after Marsabit has no only stadium.

Lodwar, a bustling city that houses the county capital, does not have a single stadium, but the region works with young people who have done sports despite the harsh climate.

The few available playgrounds for use in the county no grass fields, only sand fields without stands or terraces. On the grounds of the planned Lodwar Stadium, players usually play football while fans watch the sun in the scorching heat. Both the government and the district government were often asked to set up a standard stadium to motivate local youth to play football, but not much has been done.

Lies Lodwar GK Prison Grounds.

When the Nation Sports Team arrived on the site, we found that it was all around decorated with used motor vehicle tires of different sizes. The prison's management has planted trees in the hope that they will grow rapidly to protect football fans from the scorching heat of the sun and temperatures sometimes exceeding 40 degrees Celsius.

When it rains, flooding, forced sealing of matches occurs on the site. That was the fate of budding footballers hoping to become future stars. But there were good stories from Turkana. 14-year-old Issa Emuria was the best goalkeeper at the opening ceremony of the Copa Coca-Cola U16 Africa Cup last year. Emuria's team St. Anthony's Boys Kitale won the title in the tournament, which was held in the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru County.

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The countries participating in the tournament included African football power plants Nigeria, Ethiopia, Zambia, Uganda, Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, Angola and Zimbabwe.

Prior to joining St. Anthony's Boys, Emuria was among the top talents who played for the Islamic Football Club junior team in adverse weather conditions. The unit plans to build a 20,000-seat stadium, or about nine Kilometers from the city of Lodwar.

"We are in the preparatory phase of a standard stadium. The design is inspired by an iconic shell called Atubwa with the blood and milk being transported between the Turkana. Larger versions are used by pastoralists for livestock irrigation, and the shape resembles a stadium. "

He said the district department for public works has developed a design of the stadium and will submit a bill of materials and draft overall estimates.

The county is working with a Spanish architect to design the stadium to be built on 50 hectares of land in the Ekaales commercial center, which attracts more than 10,000 visitors during the annual Tourism and Culture Festival in Turkana. [19659008] "We are the preliminary stage. At present, 50 million Sh are earmarked for the initial phase of the work. We will provide money for the stadium in each budget period as construction will take a long time.

He added that the former exhibition site of the Agricultural Society of Kenya in the city of Lodwar is also being modernized. Turkana hosts Kakuma United FC and Nawoitorong Rangers, who compete in the Western Zone B of the Division Two League of the Kenyan Football Association ({appId: & # 39; 174023979648743 & # 39 ;, xfbml: 0, version: & # 39; v2.5 & # 39;})}; (function (d, s, id) {var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName (s) [0]; if (d.getElementById (id)) {return} js = d.createElement (s); js.id = id; js.src = "http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js"; fjs parentNode.insertBefore (js, fjs)} (Document, & # 39; script & # 39 ;, & # 39; ; facebook-jssdk & # 39;);
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