City of Windhoek (CoW) Mayor, Job Amupanda said CoW will not allow the Sam Nujoma Stadium to spiral down a path of depreciation and devaluation, because it is a national asset that should benefit generations.Amupanda made these remarks in a media stat…
City of Windhoek (CoW) Mayor, Job Amupanda said CoW will not allow the Sam Nujoma Stadium to spiral down a path of depreciation and devaluation, because it is a national asset that should benefit generations.
Amupanda made these remarks in a media statement issued Friday while responding to media questions on the plans the City has for the stadium after it was suspended last week by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Last week, CAF suspended the stadium due to substandard infrastructure and ordered that no international game should take place there until it is upgraded, because it is no longer fit for international football.
The suspension also resulted in CAF fining the Namibia Football Association US.dollars 6 000 for lack of technical facilities at the stadium.
CAF concluded that there is a lack of multiple CAF stadium requirements that were not met by the stadium, including the poor artificial pitch which requires replacement, inadequate and poor team and officials’ benches and dressing rooms, and no fixed individual spectator seats in all sectors in the stadium.
Amupanda said he visited the stadium this week and CoW intends to develop a strategy to ensure that the stadium reclaims its former glory and not follow the “unfortunate path” of the Independence Stadium.
He said the City Council can simply not allow the stadium to collapse as it has benefited many generations and will continue to benefit generations to come, especially those from disadvantaged families.
“As Council, we should take note of the recent events surrounding the beloved Sam Nujoma Stadium, a stadium which not only carries many memories, but which represents hope for many previously disadvantaged youth who through sports, are exposed to positive life prospects. The negative sentiment surrounding the stadium is something we take seriously and with a commitment that we will not allow our assets to spiral down a path of depreciation and devaluation,” said Amupanda.
The stadium is under the management of the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service and CoW, who are tasked with its maintenance.
Source: Namibia Press Agency