Massive facelift for Bambatha

Massive facelift for Bambatha

MASERU – Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) president Advocate Salemane Phafane yesterday kick-started six projects that are set to be carried out in the next two years.
Last year LEFA announced that FIFA, the world’s football governing body, had approved its proposed projects which include the refurbishment of the association’s headquarters at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena and the installation of artificial pitches at Bambatha and in Mohale’s Hoek.

Of the six projects, five will take place at Bambatha and one in Mohale’s Hoek.
All six projects are not dependent on one another and will happen at the same time.
The overall cost of the project is around M20 million.

While the work is being carried out, LEFA’s offices will be closed with the exception of certain operations that need to be done on a daily basis for the association to operate.
At Bambatha, besides the construction of the artificial pitch, changing rooms for the players and match officials will also be also installed.
A gym house is also set to be constructed to help the national team as well as clubs to train.
The main pitch at Bambatha will also get a revamp. The pitch side on the main stand will see about 360 spectator seats erected while the seating arrangement for the other three sides of the pitch will be different.

In total, the arrangement is expected to accommodate roughly 3 000 spectators.
“We are proud to say at the Lesotho Football Association, FIFA gave us a pass to say we have accounted and we have a reputation of accounting year in, year out and we account to their satisfaction,” Phafane said.

“We are going to start all the six projects at the same time, we are not talking about the theoretical start of the projects, the funding is now in our accounts.”
Phafane said it is important for Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena, which was opened in 2002, to receive a much-needed facelift.
“You will remember this building has been here for a long time, it needs to be put up to standards, we applied (for) funding to refurbish the building,” Phafane said.

“We are going to build a spectator seating around the pitch. We are not going to build a stadium, we build training centres, and that goes together with the changing rooms. You will be aware that when the teams play here they use their cars for changing,” the LEFA president said.
LEFA is also going to build a technical block that will have its own equipment.
Phafane said anyone and everything that is technical will have their own block.

All the projects will be carried out by local companies except two which are the installation of artificial turfs in Mohale’s Hoek and at Bambatha.
The two projects will be carried out by a company from the Netherlands which specialises in the installation of artificial pitches. The company was recommended by FIFA and worked with LEFA before when it installed the artificial pitch in Maputsoe.
Phafane said LEFA has seen better performances when teams play in Maputsoe and Setsoto and it is proof that better football pitches produce better football.
Teams around Maseru will have access to Bambatha’s pitch to use as their home ground for games.

Tlalane Phahla

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