Maputo, Mozambique, 21 Nov – The construction of Mozambique’s new national stadium will begin in the second half of 2007 and should be finished in 2009 at the latest, Mozambique’s minister for Youth and Sport said this weekend in Maputo.
According to Minister David Simango, in the next 30 days the Mozambican government must reply to requests for information presented by a Chinese team, which has been in the country for three weeks to identify the best location for the stadium.
As soon as it receives the necessary information, the Chinese team will have three months to present a project proposal to the minister.
Once the project has been analyzed and approved, a public tender will be launched in China to select the company that will build the new stadium, which is to be entirely financed by the Chinese government.
The new stadium, which will seat 42,000 spectators, will be the seconds-largest in the country, after the Machava stadium, which is also locate don the outskirts of Maputo.
This will be the first project of its kind built after Mozambique’s independence, but is the fourth large infrastructure to be built by the Chinese government in the country, as part of its cooperation with Mozambique, which began in the 1960s.
In the last 15 years, The Chinese government has financed and built the Mozambican parliament building in Maputo and the Joaquim Chissano Conference Center, as well as the country’s foreign ministry.
Along with revitalizing Mozambican sport, by hosting soccer matches, the Mozambican government also plans to use the stadium to attract national teams to train in the country, as part of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, to be held in South Africa. (macauhub)