Govt comes with 300bn/- arena

DAR ES SALAAM: THE Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Culture, Arts and Sports, Gerson Msigwa said the Sports Arena to be constructed at Kawe in Dar es Salaam will cost over 300bn/-.

He made the remarks yesterday in the city as he highlighted some of the projects lined up during threeyear tenure of President Samia Suluhu Hassan in the top office.

“The plot is already available at Kawe and currently, a feasibility study is being conducted before inviting a contractor to begin construction works of the multi-sport Arena set to cost over 300bn/-,” Msigwa said.

He also revealed that the upcoming National Budget will include a special package meant to finalise projects that have been queued ahead of the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.

“The AFCON budget will be used to construct a new stadium in Arusha which we are planning to name it Dr Suluhu Hassan Stadium if she will accept the proposal. “

Also, the same budget will be used to finish refurbishment works at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium and it will be used to finish construction of Sports and Recreation Centres whose construction is underway in Dar es Salaam and Dodoma.

“In these Sports and Recreation Centres, we are building Olympic standard swimming pools, two football pitches one with natural grass and the other with artificial turf plus an Indoor Stadium capable of hosting different sporting events,” he said.

He added: “In Ivory Coast, they allocated a lot of money to host the 2023 AFCON finals which they used to construct five new stadiums, one Airport Terminal and roads connecting to the venues.

“Here, President Samia has already insisted that the 2027 AFCON finals should leave behind a legacy that is why we do not want it to just pass by and instead, it should bring long-lasting memories in terms of infrastructures.”

The 2027 AFCON finals also known as PAMOJA AFCON will be hosted by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda with each country tasked to prepare three hosting stadia.

In Tanzania, three venues that have been given the green light to host the biggest football showdown on the continent are Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, New Amaan Sports Complex in Zanzibar and a new stadium to be constructed in Arusha

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