Kakamega Homeboyz players line up for a team photo ahead of a previous match. They will be facing off with AFC Leopards to officially mark the reopening of Bukhungu Stadium
AFC Leopards - Homeboyz to officially ‘open’ Bukhungu Stadium
By Dan Ngulu | Thu 07 Dec, 2017 11:49

The refurbished Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County is among the venues for the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge and despite hosting a number of high profile matches, the facility will be officially opened on Tuesday 12 December.

The stadium was closed three years ago for renovations, funded by the County Government and it has been confirmed AFC Leopards and Kakamega Homeboyz, two teams that draw a lot of support from the region, will be facing off to commemorate the reopening of the facility.

Double treat

On the day, fans will have a double treat as the CECAFA Senior Challenge clash pitting Uganda and South Sudan will be staged at the venue as well.

With the availability of the stadium, Kakamega Homeboyz, who have been playing their home matches in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) at Mumias Sports Complex for the last two years, will be shifting back home.

The team has already resumed training in preparation for the game, according to Team Manager Boniface Imbenzi, and he has termed it a good opportunity for them to keep the players in shape during this festive period.

“We recalled the players to have a few training days ahead of the match, so we have resumed training today (Thursday 7 December). We will be training for the next few days then break again after the match to allow players time with their families,” he told Soka.

In shape

For Leopards, who will be representing the country in the CAF Confederations Cup next year, this comes as a good chance to keep players in shape.

For this game, however, they will be without five of their key men, including goalkeeper Gabriel Andika, defender Dennis Sikhayi, midfielders Whyvonne Isuza and Duncan Otieno as well as striker Vincent Oburu.

The five, along with Homeboyz defender Charles Momanyi, are with the Kenya national team, Harambee Stars taking part in the CECAFA Senior Challenge.

Dan Ngulu

Twitter: @danodinga

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