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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

New Stadiums for 2010 FIFA World Cup

Plans are afloat to build three brand new stadiums in Zambia. These must be built to support the first ever African hosted FIFA World Cup. Zambia’s plans are to beat the deadline set by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Zambia will entice some of the qualifiers to the 2010 World Cup to acclimatise and enjoy the country’s safaris before the start of the tournament.

Zambia Sports deputy minister Richard Kazala was sure the three modern stadiums would be completed by 2009. The Zambian government will invite private sector participation with foreign investors like JICA on the Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) concept. All options are open. Zambia plans to involve government-to-government partnerships too. The construction of the three stadiums is poised to start early next year (2006).

China and Korea could fit the bill of building ultra modern stadiums on a government-to-government partnership. The three stadiums are to be built one each in Livingstone, the tourist capital and home of the Victoria Falls, Lusaka the country’s capital and the Copperbelt the hub of the copper industry in Zambia.

It is expected that some of the 32 teams coming for the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa would make a stop-over in Zambia to acclimatise and enjoy the great sights at the Victoria Falls. Maybe watching wildlife or taking on a safari might just do the trick… improve their performance at the world’s most popular sport, football


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