THE Mandela National Stadium will be refurbished to enable it host 2010 World Cup warm-up games early next year.
The repair project will cost China, who constructed the stadium on a $36m grant, in excess of $1m (sh2.15bn). The works on the 40,202-seater facility that are planned to be complete by March next year, will include overhauling the scoreboard, repairing the tartan track and improving the floodlights.
Assistant commissioner for sports Omara Apitta confirmed that a memorandum for work to start was signed yesterday by the education and sports ministry permanent secretary Francis Xavier Lubanga and Li Fang for the Chinese inspection team.
â€œIt has been an end result of an inspection process. We are looking at having the stadium ready to host some of the warm-up matches ahead of the 2010 World Cup,â€ said state sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi.
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