Angolan government chooses Chinese company to build pavilions for African basketball championship

8 January 2007

Luanda, Angola, 8 Jan – Chinese construction company CEIEC has won the project to build four multi-use sports pavilions in the provinces of Benguela, Huíla, Huambo and Cabinda, an Angolan government project estimated to cost US$32 million, officials said.

Each of the pavilions, which are to be used as part of the Afribasket2007 African Basketball Championship that Angola is due to host next August, will have a 2000-spectator capacity and will also have shopping areas, public changing rooms, Conference rooms and a press center.

Work is due to begin in March, when the first construction materials are expected to arrive at each of the construction sites.

Afrobasket is scheduled to begin on August 15 and will be played in five of the country’s provinces, with Luanda holding the final.

This will be the third time Angola has hosted the championship. In 1989 the country hosted and won the competition for the first time and all games were played in Luanda. In 1999, Cabinda was chosen as the second venue alongside Luanda and the Angolan national team also won. The 2008 championship will be the first to be played in five different cities. (macauhub)