Military sports outfit Ulinzi Stars are set to occupy a new facility following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s commissioning of the Ulinzi Sports Complex.
Located at Lang’ata Barracks, the project will be built on a 35-acre iece of land belonging to the military and will have hockey and rugby facilities apart from the 7500 seater capacity stadium.
The facility will be built to host a world-class football pitch and training ground, an Olympic-size swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, and an indoor arena among other ultra-modern facilities.
Assistant Chief of Defence Forces Major General Jonah Mwangi in charge of Operations, Doctrine and Training revealed plans to add an aquatic centre within the complex.
“This Complex is in line with my government’s big four agenda which is to improve our national infrastructure across the country. This facility will help our Kenya Defence Forces excel in sports and also act as a mental health cure since sports indeed is healthy,” said the President during the launch.
The president said the sports facility will also increase the country’s capacity to attract and host international sporting events.
Ulinzi Stars head coach Benjamin Nyangweso who was present at the event revealed that Ulinzi Stars who are currently based at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru will shift base to the new home turf once it is complete.
“I am very excited because we will finally have our own home ground. We have been in Nakuru for long and we have developed a very strong fan base there. We hope that when this stadium is complete then we will make it a fortress,” said Nyangweso.
KDF has various teams competing in national leagues including Ulinzi football team, which participates in the FKF Premier League as well as Volleyball, athletics, boxing and swimming among others.
Chinese Construction Company China Wu Yi has been awarded the construction contract with work expected to be complete within a year.