CAF inspectors happy with Zambia’ s transparency

LUSAKA'S National Heroes Stadium
A view from on the track inside the National Heroes Stadium

LUSAKA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) — A team of inspectors from Africa’ s soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), has expressed happiness with Zambia’ s transparency in its bid to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, the Zambia Daily Mail reported on Wednesday.

The CAF inspectors arrived in the country over the weekend and checked on infrastructure in Lusaka before moving to the Copperbelt Province to continue assessing the facilities.

Head of delegation Amadou Diakite said after checking on facilities in the city of Ndola that the team was happy with Zambia’ s transparency on the facilities the country has for the hosting of the tournament.

“They are giving us everything we ask for, we are happy with that. It is not for me to decide but I will present my findings to the CAF committee,” he was quoted as saying by the paper.

On Monday, Zambian Vice-President Guy Scott has appealed to CAF to give the southern African nation a chance to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, saying the country was ready to host the event.

So far, Zambia has two ultra-modern stadiums built with the assistance of the Chinese government, the 40,000-seat Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola city and the 50,000-seat National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka. A third ultra-modern stadium will be constructed in the southern part of the country.

Zambia faces completion from Cameroon, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire to win the rights to host the 2019 soccer showpiece. The country’ s last attempt to host the event was in 2004 when it pulled out due to lack of proper infrastructure.