City considers replacing Sam Nujoma Stadium turf

17 April 2018 | Sports

The artificial turf at the Sam Nujoma Stadium is in a poor state, with air bubbles lifting the turf which sometimes makes play difficult and dangerous.

The strategic executive for economic development and community services at the City of Windhoek, Fillemon Nangolo Hambuda, agreed, saying the artificial turf was showing signs of ageing.

Normal grass was first planted after the completion of the 10 300-seat stadium in 2005, but that was removed three years later for the laying of Astroturf.

Hambuda told Nampa on enquiry that plans were at an advanced stage to replace the pitch, and they would soon approach other partners, including the Namibia Football Association (NFA), which owns the turf. “Recently when we were discussing our budget, we set aside N$10 million for this project. Hopefully the budget will be approved so we can then replace the turf,” he said.

Hambuda added that they would endeavour to make sure the 'B' Field at the stadium will also receive attention, with an option of laying the synthetic surface from the 'A' field there.

He said the 'B' field would then be used for training and warm-up before matches as a way of taking off load from the main field.

Hambuda acknowledged that the 'A' field was overused, and said they wanted to start discussions with government for the City to run and manage the Independence Stadium.

Hambuda suggested that an artificial turf could also be considered for that venue.

He stated that the municipality was committed to improving and increasing sports facilities in and around Windhoek.

“We have been approached by individuals and groups of people who have shown interest in developing a high-performance (sports) centre. When the time is right, we will inform you on the progress and developments.”

He added that former Brave Warriors footballer Collin Benjamin had also approached them to lease the Khomasdal Sports Stadium for a football academy, with the understanding that he would upgrade the facility.

NAMPA

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