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Tuesday, 21 April 2009 21:13

Mozambique: Chinese Funds for National Stadium

MAPUTO, Mozambique, March 2 (AllAfrica) - The Chinese government has pledged a further 2.5 million US dollars to finance work to remove soil from the site where the new Mozambican national stadium is being built.

The schedule remains unchanged, that is, that the stadium will be complete before the football World Cup to be held in South Africa, in 2010.

To this end, Mozambique and China signed a memorandum of understanding in Maputo on Monday, according to which the money, that had not been initially budgeted, but was shown to be necessary because of the nature of the soil, is to be disbursed in time to complete the work on schedule.

The document was signed between Mozambique's Minister of Tourism, Youth and Sports, Fernando Sumbana, and the Chinese Ambassador Tiang Guang Feng.

This means that the national stadium, the biggest and most modern sports infrastructure in the country, with a capacity for 42,000 seats, will now cost 60 million US dollars.

Paying a visit to the site, in the outer Maputo suburb of Zimpeto, for the first time as Youth and Sports Minister, Sumbana expressed satisfaction with the progress of the work, and with the transfer of know how by the Chinese technical staff.

"Here, at the national stadium, we had the opportunity to see that the work is progressing at a satisfactory pace, with the involvement of the knowledge that our Chinese partners are dispensing and also the involvement of the Mozambican multi-sector team, that is fully dedicated to this work", said Sumbana.

The technical team on the site said that the construction of the foundations will be completed before the end of this month, and that, of the 850 planned pillars, only 100 are still to be installed.

Speaking of his other visits to sports facilities, Sumbana said that the stadium in Pemba, capital of the northern province of Cabo Delgado, is also making good progress, and should be ready for use by 2010

As for the 'Mario Esteves Coluna" stadium, in the town of Namaacha, on the border with Swaziland, Sumbana said that only a few details are left to turn it into a true training ground for new Mozambican athletes. (END/2009)


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