An ultra modern soccer stadium being constructed in Zambia’s capital Lusaka by the Chinese government has is near completion with works standing at 60 per cent.
This came to light when Zambia’s vice President Guy Scott conducted a familiarization tour of the facility which is to become the country’s biggest sporting facility by the end of 2013.
Upon touring, Scott who was accompanied by officials from the sports ministry and Chinese ambassador to Zambia Zhou Yuxia said he was impressed with the level of workmanship exhibited at the site.
“ My impression is that things are going well as far as the main work is concerned. What we have come to do is to boost our own side, our own input because there are many things like shops, bus stops, parking areas, telephone and television connections, there are many things that we need to supply to service this. It cant stand on its own like its a spaceship that has got everything inside. It has to plug in to the rest of Zambia.”
However, Scott implored the constructor Shanghai Construction Company and Zambian authorities to ensure that they complete construction of the stadium on schedule, with all necessary facilities fitted completely.
“It is very important that we quickly work out how people will get here because there is no way you can have bus loads of 50 thousand people here, this should quickly be figured out,” he said.
The 50 thousand capacity stadium is being constructed at a cost of $94 million United States dollars.
And Chinese ambassador to Zambia Zhou Yuxiao who accompanied the vice president said his government was committed seeing that the Lusaka stadium under construction was completed in good time.
Mr Zhou said China would continue to support Zambia is various developmental projects.
“I’m very happy to see this, the work is going on very quickly, even in the rainy season they are still doing some work here. I’m sure they can complete the job within contractual period with good quality. And I’m also very happy to see that the vice president is very keen to the share of the job put on the Zambian government, I’m looking forward to early delivery.”
The Lusaka stadium is one of the three major stadia to be constructed by the Chinese government, in addition to other infrastructure projects being implemented under bilateral agreement.
Zambia’s lack of modern footballing facilities and poor hospitality facilities have diminished the country’s chances of hosting the Africa Cup of Nations which has so far been hosted twice by South Africa and once by Angola.