Angola: CAN2010 stadiums to cost US$600 million

2 February 2009

Luanda, Angola, 2 Feb – The four stadiums being built in the Angolan provinces of Luanda, Benguela, Huíla and Cabinda are expected to cost US$600 million, the executive director of the organising commission of CAN2010 (COCAN), António Mangueira said.

The head of COCAN, who was speaking to the Angolan parliament did not specify the overall cost of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2010, and only added that the budget had been designed to provide an exemplary level of organisation.

Mangueira told members of parliament responsible for the media, education, culture, science and technology, youth and sports sectors, about organisational aspects of infrastructures, hotels, transport, telecommunications, health, security, publicity and marketing.

In his speech he noted that schedules for concluding work were being met and confirmed that the stadiums would be inaugurated on 11 November of this year.

After the meeting at the National Assembly, members of parliament and the Executive Commission of COCAN, the minister of Youth and Sports, Gonçalves Muandumba, visited the Luanda stadium, located in the Camama neighbourhood, in the municipality of Kilamba Kiaxi.

The capital’s stadium, with capacity for 50,000 spectators, is the biggest of the four stadiums under construction, followed by the Benguela stadium with 35,000 and Huíla and Cabinda with 20,000 each.

The 27th edition of the Cup of Nations is due to begin on 10 January, 2010.

Construction of the Luanda stadium was handed over to the consortium made up of Urbinvest, Arup Sports Arquitects and Mário Sua Kay Arquitecto.

Construction of the Benguela provincial stadium was handed over to China National Electronics Import & Export Corporation, while the Huila stadium will be built by a consortium made up of Arquidesign-Projectos e Empreendimentos, Cogedir-Gestão de Projectos, Somague, Engenharia Angola and Mota-Engil.

The Cabinda provincial stadium was handed over to the consortium made up of Coreangol-Engenharia e Construção and AA – Arquitects & Associates. (macauhub)

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