China to carry out refurbishment work on Guinea Bissau’s National Stadium, destroyed during civil war of 1998-99

21 June 2011

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 21 June – A team of 10 Chinese engineers has arrived in Bissau to deal with the refurbishment of the 24 de Setembro National Stadium, the only grass soccer field in Guinea Bissau, but which is in a severe state of disrepair, the country’s Secretary of State for Youth, Culture and Sport said.

According to the Secretary of State, the Chinese engineers will be in Bissau for 20 days, after which they will put forward a proposal to the Guinean authorities.

The government of Guinea Bissau plans to lay new grass, remodel the athletics track, refurbish the electricity and water supply systems, changing rooms, executive boxes and replace lighting towers.

The Guinean authorities also want covers to be placed over the Stadium’s two seating terraces as currently only the central seating area is covered.

The stadium, which was built using Chinese aid at the end of the 1980s, has capacity for 15,000 people, but it was the target of bombing during the civil war of 1998-99 and much of its structure is damaged and the facility has not been used for over three years.

The Guinean government plans to repair the stadium so that it can be used for the game between its national soccer team against Angola in October, which is a qualifier for the African Cup of Nations in 2012. (macauhub)

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