New Lusaka stadium Chinese engineer dies

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Government has learnt with deep sorrow the death of Mr. Liao Shi Qing, one of the Chinese engineers supervising the construction the ultra modern Lusaka stadium.

Sports Deputy Minister Steven Masumba said it was unfortunate to lose a highly qualified engineer especially at this time when he was intensely needed to assist in the successful completion of the ultra-modern stadium.

This came to light in Lusaka today when Clerk of Works for the Lusaka Stadium Francis Mundanya confirmed the sad development to Mr. Masumba when the latter toured the stadium today.

Masumba was checking on the progress of works at the ultra modern stadium which is currently under construction in Lusaka.

Mundanya said Mr. Shi Qing, who was in charge of the supervision of the pitch and the racing truck, died on the way to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) after he complained of body pains.

Masumba however said China will remain an all weather friend to Zambia in various sectors of the economy and commended the Chinese engineers working at Lusaka stadium for expediting the construction works.

And during the tour of the stadium, Masumba said government will remain committed to ensuring that the state of the art sports facilities are spread across all the ten provinces of Zambia.

Masumba said this will help in identifying talent in all the sports disciplines across the country foster a wider selection of players to compete for both national and international sports tournaments.

He charged that no money meant for the development of sports infrastructure in the country will be put to worst and warned all sports associations to remain transparent and accountable in the utilization of funds.

Masumba also challenged journalists not to focus their sports reporting to Lusaka and the Copperbelt alone but to other remote parts of the country where talent is also available.

And Clerk of Works, Francis Mundanya told Mr. Masumba that 82 percent of the construction works have been completed so far and only architectural works were remaining before the stadium is finally handed over to government.

The 50,009 seater ultra modern Lusaka stadium is being constructed by Shangai construction group of China at the cost of US$94 million and is expected to be completed in January next year.

Meanwhile, Shangai construction senior marketing manager Michael Ray has called on government to reinforce security at the stadium to reduce on thefts of building materials.

Ray said the current six police officers manning the stadium with two shifts each are not enough hence the need to reinforce security.

He disclosed that one man was yester night apprehended by the police officers while seven managed to escape after they attempted to steal some building materials.