Kenyans drool over the newly refurbished Amahoro Stadium

By Wycliffe Nyamasege
On 10 June 2024 at 11:46

Rwanda continues to attract praise beyond its borders as the state-of-the-art Amahoro Stadium in Kigali nears completion after months of renovation work.

The 45,000-seat facility has been undergoing a facelift since August 2022 at a cost of $160 million. Turkish construction company Summa, tasked with expanding the stadium, whose initial capacity was 25,000, is expected to hand over the facility to the government before August this year, paving the way for hosting major events and tournaments.

Ahead of the formal opening of the stadium, photos and videos showing the transformation of the facility have been circulating on social media, gaining admiration from netizens across the African continent and beyond.

A panorama view of Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, Rwanda.

Besides the football turf with a cutting-edge hybrid surface, blending natural grass and artificial turf, Amahoro boasts an eight-lane track for athletics events, a paralympic gymnasium, and training facilities for football, handball, and volleyball.

Reception at Amahoro Stadium.

The sports arena has also been fitted with various amenities, including VIP lounges, an Amavubi bar, dressing rooms, washrooms, coaches’ offices, a massage room, a changing room, and a FIFA office.

Additionally, there are rooms for match officials, a medical room, a doping control room, a staff management room, and a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Room, among others.

Interior view of Amahoro Stadium.

Kenyans, arguably the most vibrant online community on the continent, couldn’t help but marvel at the well-equipped, world-class stadium.

"Amahoro Stadium, right here under our noses, in Rwanda. Bwana kwani sisi tulifanyia Mungu nini (What did we do to God)?" Gabriel Oguda wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

"Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, Rwanda is on her own class. Of course, no money [was] stolen. Can this happen in Kenya?" Makau Muli wrote on X.

"Amahoro Stadium in Kigali is just superb. Waiting to see how it will finally look once completed later in the year. Kenya ni mdomo tu tunapiga (Kenya we are just making noise)," Michal Okinyi opined.

Notably, despite ranking among the biggest economies on the continent and being the first in East Africa, Kenya’s promises to build world-class stadiums in recent years have remained just that—promises.

In yet another attempt to get it right, early this year, the government embarked on an ambitious project to build an ultra-modern facility earmarked to host some of the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) matches.

The construction of the Talenta Hela Stadium, with a capacity of 60,000 seats, began in the capital, Nairobi, in March, with President William Ruto presiding over the groundbreaking ceremony.

The stadium is being constructed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation. The Ministry of Defence has been tasked with supervising the work to ensure the facility meets the required standards and is completed within the set timelines.