The first official game at the National Stadium in Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) will be held on 10 September, when the Cape Verdean national team will play Zambia a second round qualifier for the African Nations Championship (CAN2015).
Funded by China, similarly to Mozambique’s national stadium, the National Stadium in Cabo Verde cost over US$16 million and was formally inaugurated with a football game between the women’s teams from Cabo Verde’s Barlavento(Windward region)–made up of the islands of Santo Antão, Sao Vicente , São Nicolau, Sal and Boavista – and Sotavento (Leeward region) – the islands of Maio, Santiago, Fogo and Brava, which ended in a goalless draw.
At the ceremony, the Chinese ambassador to Cabo Verde, Su Jian, said the opening of the facilitywas a “very special day” for everyone and was a further commitment from his country to the development of the archipelago.
“We hope that the sports complex, in addition to helping the‘Blue Sharks’ (the nickname of the Cape Verdean national football team) and other athletes to reach new heights of football and other sports, will also be a platform to improve the internal organisation and technical expertise in sports facilities management,”the ambassador said.
The ceremony, which lasted over five hours, was attended by approximately 10,000 people – the stadium has a capacity of 15,000 – and featured several sporting and cultural activities, notably its first track and field events. (macauhub/CV/CN)