- Nyandarua AK secretary Lawrence Miano said Embu Stadium can become one of the best sports venues in the country.
- “Embu is well known as a high attitude training ground. The athletes who succeed here go on to make great champions,” he said.
When Embu Governor Martin Wambora took office in 2013, key among his flagship projects was Embu Stadium.
Nestled in the middle of Embu town, the stadium stands majestically at the foot of Mt Kenya, and is among the things that immediately catch one’s attention along the Meru-Nairobi road.
It is here that members of world-conquering Team Kenya cross country teams sharpen their skills after training at the high altitude Kigari grounds.
It is also here that former London Marathon and Amsterdam Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru, and former Paris Half Marathon champion Morris Munene train.
Caroline Nyaguthii, who represented Kenya in 2019 African Championships, and walking race legend Grace Wanjiru among others train.
You will almost always find former world 10,000 metres champion Charles Kamathi at the stadium training with young athletes, mainly from Kenya Police Service.
However, due to protracted political wrangles in 2013 and 2014, the stadium was sucked into the controversies and was among the projects that saw Wambora twice risk impeachment.
The MCAs, who pushed for Wambora’s impeachment, claimed that an initial Sh50 million which had been budgeted to be used for erecting a perimeter fence around the stadium and wire barriers, planting grass and construction of a proper drainage system had been misappropriated.
He survived impeachment. Cumulatively, the stadium has been allocated approximately Sh300 million in successive years.
At the time, top Kenyan Premier League teams like Tusker, KCB and AFC Leopards had expressed interest in using the stadium as their home ground due to its proximity to Nairobi.
In January 2017, AFC Leopards, under coach Stewart Hall, camped at the stadium for several days.
The county government had constructed terraces, dressing rooms, ablution blocks, and a VIP stand, then promised to complete the canopy for the terraces.
The county government had promised to instal an artificial track inside the stadium and to increase the number of terraces as well as to erect more canopies on the terraces which would be strong enough to support solar panels to power floodlights.