Sky Is the Limit for Migaa and Egypt Partners

Migaa and Wadi Degla Holding of Egypt start to lay down infrastructure that will lift Kenyan sport to new unprecedented international levels

One of the largest Egyptian conglomerates Wadi Degla Holding has made what is widely touted as the single largest private investment in sporting facilities in Kenya this year at a cost of Sh2 billion with Kiambu County’s Migaa in greater Nairobi.

Wadi Degla’s sporting facilities in Egypt support more than 75,000 families and now the partnership with Migaa is expected to create some of the best sports talent development facilities in the region.

Wadi Degla Holdings President Eng Adel Samy reveals: “We invest in sporting facilities in Egypt and we have seen these facilities transform regions into cities”.

The Memorandum Of Understanding signed with Migaa will ensure Wadi Degla Holdings, through their local subsidiary, Wadi Degla Investment (K) Limited, enter into a joint venture with Home Afrika Communities Limited on a Build – and – Operate basis where they will be leased 20 acres to build a Club house and Sports Academy.

The CEO of Home Afrika, Njoroge Ng’ang’a adds that Wadi Degla Holdings is making quite a significant investment in the facilities.

“Wadi Degla will develop the remaining front 9 holes of the Migaa 18-hole golf course to championship standards at the cost of $2 million (Sh199.3m). This will be in addition to over $20 million (Sh1.99bn) they will be putting up for the Club facilities and Sports academies.”

The members of the Wadi Degla clubs in Kenya will have a chance to reciprocate to any other Wadi Degla branch both locally and abroad and shall have rights to the facilities.

The Egyptians are expected to complete construction of the golf course and clubhouse within 8 to 10 months; while the sports facilities will be developed within 3 years.

The golf course is complete. Last month it hosted the Maina Kageni invitational tournament with over 120 golfers participating in the event. The course will hold another tournament on July 17, this time a ladies only affair.

The course has yet to be marked by the Kenya Golf Union but Ng’ang’a expects that to happen by the end of the year. Expecations are high that one day it may even host the prestigious Kenya Open Golf championship.

“Once we get the seal of approval from the Kenya Golf Union we can start looking at hosting the Kenya Open. We know its not easy but we are positioning ourselves to host it in years to come and with the hard work we are putting in I am confident this is just a matter of time,” Ng’ang’a added.

Wadi Degla will also built a 10,000 capacity stadium in Migaa at a cost of Sh1.2bn. The stadium is to contain world class facilities with a view to hosting, in the very near future, international football and rugby matches.

“The site for the stadium has been identified. By the end of the year we, probably, will have the ground breaking ceremony. We are targeting a 2018 completion date,” Ng’ang’a said.

Its is envisaged the stadium in conjuction with the leading sports federations in the country will host major international fixtures.

“We will talk to the sports federations with a view of getting them to host some of their activities at this new venue,” added Ng’ang of the venue which will also contain squash, tennis, handball and volleyball courts besides swimming pool and training ground facilities

The Egyptian conglomerate are looking at establishing memberships clubs in upmarket zones of the city which include Runda, Karen, Hurlingham, and Kitisuru.

In Egypt, EWadi Degla facilities enjoy a membership of over 100, 000.

This includes a football team Wadi Degla FC that plays in the top flight alongside powerhouses Zamalek, Al Ahly, Arab Contractors.

Wadi also have a private sporting club.

The football club has an exchange programme with Belgian outfit Lierse where the top talent from the club are traded to the Belgians to play there

The Wadi Degla group was started in 1994 and have created a bouquet of multifaceted operations encompassing everything from sports facilities, telecommunications, to real estate developments and industrial projects.

Their work in Kenya started four years ago with the installation of telecommunication masts for Safaricom and CCTV cameras on major highways in the city.