Refurbishment of Sao Tome and Principe’s sports facilities begins

2 March 2007

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 2 March – Sao tome and Principe has begun work on it sports facilities, in a project financed by the International Football Federation (FIFA), which is providing US$1.5 million, the vice president of the Sao Tome Football Federation (FSF), Sabino dos Santos said Thursday in Sao Tome.

Santos told Macauhub that the first stage of refurbishment work would be carried out by a Dutch company, Oposa, via its contractor in Sao tome, Cosntep, and was budgeted at US$400,000.

Santos said that this initial stage of work would include drainage and levelling of the ground, for placing artificial grass at the National Football Academy sports complex, located on the outskirts of Sao Tome.

Santos said that after conclusion of the first stage of work within 60 days, the following stages would begin, including construction of a five-s-side soccer field and building a fence around the Sao Tome academy’s children’s game area.

FIFA’s “Goal” will later include the refurbishment of the archipelago’s main sporting facility, “12th July National Stadium,” for an estimated US$750,000.

As well as laying artificial grass at the stadium, the project also includes refurbishing three changing rooms, fencing, parking and repair of the electronic screen.

Santos said that as well as the companies involved I the initial stages of the work, new construction companies would be contracted via a public tender, depending on the type of service to be provided and according to FIFA’s project, which aims to re-launch soccer on the archipelago. (macauhub)