Grass has sprouted on the concrete slabs and on stairs leading to the terraces, suggesting it has been a while since the contractor was on site. The electronic board and large screen TV are also yet to be fitted.

Wario and his successor Rashid Echesa promised to build four dressing rooms to make the facility capable of hosting two international matches in a day but not a single one is ready.

Neither are washrooms. When the stadium hosted national athletics trials last week, athletes who were staring at the prospect of changing clothes in the open used a make-shift changing room, and there were no showers for them after competing in various races.

The nearby swimming complex has also been closed but no work is going on inside. The Indoor Arena is in a sorry state, with a leaking roof. The closure of the stadium has also affected businesses nearby with most shops and canteens closing down.

Sports CS Amina Mohammed and Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia have occasionally invited the media for tours of the stadium. Such tours have always ended with a promise that the stadium will be ready “in a couple of months.”

"When Caf said we will not host the competition (Chan), we decided to plan and do a better job," Kaberia said days after work had started at Nyayo.

Sports Kenya, the State parastatal that runs the stadium, is under investigation by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) over irregular award of tenders worth over Sh5 billion for the construction and renovation sports facilities across the country.

Under probe is the failure by Sports Kenya to remit Sh287.693 million in statutory deductions for previous years, and about Sh2.450 billion dished out to six contractors in 2017 for the construction of eight county stadiums that remain incomplete with a majority being abandoned.

Renovation works on five premium pitches and ten training grounds were to be completed within 14 weeks in readiness for the January 2018 Chan that was to be held in Kenya.

The EACC officers are using the report of the Office of Auditor-General for the year 2017/18 currently before the National Assembly, in their investigations.

Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti was not available for comment and thus we could not establish how much money has been used and when Nyayo Stadium will be ready.

Nyayo Stadium was built in 1983 as a multi-purpose stadium, at the time the country had established itself as a continental sporting powerhouse.

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