Maputo, Mozambique, 27 Aug – The future Mozambique National Stadium, on the outskirts of the capital, Maputo, will only be ready after the end of the Football World Cup, in South Africa, said the stadium’s director, Celso Magaia Wednesday.
Magaia said that delays in carrying out the work had led to a change of plan as the stadium will now only be ready six months after the end of the 2010 World Cup, and now it will no longer be available for pre-championship training of qualifying teams.
Designed to be one of the most modern stadiums in Africa with a capacity of 42,000 spectators, the National Stadium was presented by the Mozambican authorities as a way of convincing national teams that will be part of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa to do part of their training in Mozambique.
Despite the delay, “41 percent of the construction work has been concluded, including the first three rings that make up the structure,” Magaia said.
The cost of work on the National Stadium is expected to be just over US$43 million and is being funded by China. (macauhub)