No funds to revamp Sam Nujoma Stadium
By Michael Uugwanga
THE City of Windhoek (CoW) has said that it does not have the needed funding to upgrade the dilapidated Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura due to lack of money, after having said that it is was waiting for an update in April to avail money for the renovations.
CoW corporate communications, marketing and public participation officer, Harold Akwenye said:
“The City of Windhoek does not have the funds needed to upgrade the stadium at the moment. There hasn’t been a capital budget for a project of this magnitude since 2016. However, the consultations with NFA and the government on finding a harmonious solution to this problem are ongoing. The possibility is still unknown as the scope of work is currently still being quantified by the technical experts.”
This follows the Namibia Football Association (NFA) being told in April by soccer governing body, Confederation of African Football (CAF), that the Sam Nujoma Stadium was not fit to host any international matches.
As a result the NFA was slapped with a fine of U$6 000 (about N$84 000).
This ruling will see the Brave Warriors and the Brave Gladiators forced to play their international matches outside the country, since the other local outdoor arena, Independence Stadium, also needs upgrading reported to be in the region of N$3 million.
The move from CAF also means that the NFA will have to quickly look at other alternatives for the national men’s side before Africa’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers start in September.
The Brave Gladiators are set to take part in the CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations later this year.
“The NFA has been consulted and informed by CoW that there are no funds available to repair the stadium, as a result, the NFA has reached out to the mother body FIFA/CAF for assistance. At the moment it is still unclear if Sam Nujoma Stadium will be revamped or will the mother body opt to build a new stadium for their affiliates,” added Akwenye.
Sam Nujoma Stadium has an artificial turf and holds 10 300 spectators. It was inaugurated in 2005 and is named after the founding president.