In Summary
  • Interestingly, the land on which Bukhungu Stadium sits was once an arena enclosed by iron sheets and hosted bull fighting episodes
  • Bukhungu Stadium came to the limelight when it hosted the Africa Cup of Champion Clubs match between Egyptian giants Al Ahly (Nationale) and AFC Leopards
  • Officials from other county governments have visited the facility on benchmarking tours since completion of the first phase

Bukhungu Stadium has changed the face of Kakamega, thanks to Sh450 million investment by Kakamega County Government.

Interestingly, the land on which Bukhungu Stadium sits was once an arena enclosed by iron sheets and hosted bull fighting episodes.

In 1987, Bukhungu Stadium came to the limelight when it hosted the Africa Cup of Champion Clubs match between Egyptian giants Al Ahly (Nationale) and AFC Leopards. Leopards controversially won the match 2-1.

Locals could hardly believe their eyes when Al Ahly stars, among them Magdy Abdelgani, Hossam Hassan, Mohammed Ramadan, Rabbie Yassin and Thabet el Batal took to the pitch to take on Leopards, led by Joe Masiga, Wilberforce Mulamba, Joseph Murila among others right in their backyard, albeit on a soggy pitch.

A section of the VIP section at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County on August 06, 2019. The stadium was constructed by the county government with Phase One costing Sh450 million. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A section of the VIP section at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County on August 06, 2019. The stadium was constructed by the county government with Phase One costing Sh450 million. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Fast forward to 2019 and the playing surface at Bukhungu Stadium is now lush, well-drained and the stadium’s VIP area has been fitted with modern seats with a media centre to boot. It is proof that with political goodwill, counties can come up with proper facilities even with a modest budget. The stadium has conference halls, halls for indoor games, offices, changing rooms for home and visiting teams that are fully furnished to international standards, and changing rooms for referees with a total of 13 entry and exit points.

One thing that stands out at Bukhungu Stadium is the cleanliness of the facility. The stadium’s manager, Edward Odera, points out that Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, a former assistant treasurer of AFC Leopards, “does not condone untidiness."

A section of the VVIP lounge at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County on August 06, 2019. The stadium was constructed by the county government with Phase One costing Sh450 million. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A section of the VVIP lounge at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County on August 06, 2019. The stadium was constructed by the county government with Phase One costing Sh450 million. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

“The stadium is always clean, and we have hired professionals who manage it all the time. It was built to international standards and it has to be neat all the time because visitors from other counties come here for benchmarking,” Odera said.

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