Maputo, Mozambique, 18 Jan – The Mozambican government Monday received the Zimpeto National Stadium from the Chinese government. It is the biggest sporting venue built in Mozambique since the country’s independence and holds 42,000 spectators.
Ten thousand of the 42,000 available seats at the venue are under a covered area, which also houses the VIP area and areas for restaurants and the media.
The stadium took two years and three months to build and cost US$70 million funded by the Chinese government, which took charge of the building project by handing it over to the Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Co. (AFECC).
The Chinese ambassador to Mozambique, Huang Songfu, said on the occasion that construction of the stadium “was one of China’s biggest projects in an African country as part of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum.”
The National Stadium now delivered to the Mozambican government is an important part of the facilities that the country will be using in the 10th African Games scheduled for September.
In the area in which it was built work is underway to build the Olympic village to accommodate the athletes at the Games, and some support structures, which are the responsibility of Portuguese consortium Mota Engil/Soares da Costa. (macauhub)