Upgrade at Bambatha arena nears completion

Upgrade at Bambatha arena nears completion

MASERU-Construction work to upgrade Lesotho football’s headquarters, the Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena, is nearing completion and the project is expected to be finished by the middle of this year.
The construction work began last year in July after it was delayed from its original start of March 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic that struck the country.

The project began with the construction of a new technical centre and a gym.
Both have now been completed and are set to be handed over to Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) by the construction company overseeing work at Bambatha.
The massive uplift is part of a project funded by world football’s governing body FIFA and is the first major refurbishment of Bambatha since it was opened in 2002.

LEFA announced in 2019 that FIFA had approved several projects which include the refurbishment of the association’s headquarters and the installation of artificial pitches at Bambatha and in Mohale’s Hoek. The installation of the artificial pitch at Bambatha is underway and is expected to be finished in less than a month.

In February last year, LEFA president Advocate Salemane Phafane laid out the six projects to be carried out over the next two years and now the real work has started. Of the six projects, five are at Bambatha and one in Mohale’s Hoek which is the installation of another artificial turf.
These projects were independent of each other and the overall cost of the project is around M20 million.

With the technical centre now finished at Bambatha, the construction of the changing rooms and a spectators’ stand is underway. It is projected the stand will seat at least 3 000 spectators.
At the completion of this project, Lesotho would now have four grounds with artificial pitches adding to Setsoto Stadium and one in Maputsoe.

Tlalane Phahla

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