Guinea Bissau takes delivery from China of refurbished national stadium

7 March 2013

The government of Guinea Bissau Wednesday took delivery from Chinese representatives of the 24 de Setembro National Stadium following two years of modernisation and repairs needed after the facility was damaged by bombing during a state coup, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported.

The 24 de Setembro National Stadium, named after the date of Guinean independence (24 September), was built in the 1980s and has no undergone significant refurbishment, including installation of video-surveillance cameras, plastic chairs in the central terraces, a “tartan” pitch, and electronic scoreboard and new turf with its own watering system.

With capacity for 15,000 people, the stadium, which is the only one with real grass in the country, is known locally as “the cathedral of Guinean football.”

“China built our parliament and our government palace, it is restoring the Republican palace, built the military hospital in Bissau and the Canchingo regional hospital, and is about to build the palace of Justice,” said the country’s president, Serifo Nhamadjo, adding that “China has carried out work in all of the institutions of the Republic of Guinea Bissau.” (macauhub)