SPORTS minister Chishimba Kambwili says construction of the Mongu stadium in Western province will commence on Monday.
In an interview Kambwili said contractors for the proposed stadium had already signed a contract with the government and were expected to move on site on Monday.
Kambwili said the government had picked an internationally recognized contractor that had done professional works in Zambia and abroad but could not disclose the name.
“As government we want to see the stadium in Mongu completed. The contractor has already been identified and a contract had been signed, we expect them to move on site this Monday,” Kambwili said.
Kambwili said government wanted to see the levels of football improve through the provision of modern stadiums.
President Michael Sata directed the ministry of sport to build a stadium in Mongu as a way of developing the area.
The president was in Mongu last week to officiate at the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the stadium.
Kambwili further disclosed that the government would next week open the bidding for the construction on a stadium in Livingstone.
“You should now that next week we are also bidding for the Livingstone stadium. We want these stadiums to be worked on so that we move forward,” he said.
The construction of Mongu and Livingstone stadiums will bring the number of ultra modern stadiums in the country to four after the already complete Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola and the Lusaka stadium which is nearing completion.
The government is considering bidding to host the 2019 Africa cup of nations.