Zambia: Heroes Stadium Ready

THE 60,009-seater National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka is ready for hand over to Government with a planned four-nation tournament to symbolise the official opening of the super structure.

Shanghai Construction Company Zambia is next month expected to hand over the stadium to Government, three months ahead of the scheduled January 2014 set target.

And Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili who toured the stadium on Thursday was enraged when Shanghai Construction Company informed him they were having problems with filling the water tanks because of the

intermittent water and power supply.

He immediately summoned Zesco, Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company, the Ministry of Works and the constructors to a meeting on Monday to find a lasting solution to the persistent problem.

Kambwili said during the tour that a high-profile four-nation tournament has been planned for October 15 to symbolise the official opening of the masterpiece

The Zambia soccer team will be playing Brazil in Beijing, China on the date of the intended friendly.

"We are extremely happy with the quality of work done here at this National Heroes Stadium. This is a high quality stadium and very good work done. We are also happy that the stadium will be handed over way

ahead of schedule.

"This is a high class stadium and it works well for infrastructure development. We should now look to the Mongu and Livingstone stadia which are yet to be constructed," Kambwili said.

Kambwili expressed happiness with the quality of works at the stadium which he said was as good as any other stadium in the world.

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