AS the rehabilitation efforts at Namfua Stadium here are gaining momentum, Chinese Company, China Sichuan International Cooperation Co. Ltd (SIETCO) has volunteered to support the endevours so that the play ground is ready for the Mainland Premier League matches.
Namfua Stadium is the home ground for newly promoted Singida United, which made a come back to the topflight this season after being out for almost five seasons. The league is scheduled to kick off on August 26th this year.
Speaking to the ‘Daily News’ here, SIETCO Site Agent for Singida Office, Tan Jian said he agreed to give a helping hand after the owners of the Stadium, Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) in Singida region had requested him to do so.
Tan named some of the activities carried out at the site as clearing the entire area surrounding the pitch, levelling it and collecting all the debris and rubbish to the dumping place so as to provide the stadium the desired face lift.
He said that in order to implement the job, his Company had to use an Excavator and the Wheel loader for 13 days incurring a total cost of 10m/- in the process.
“However, we are in no way asking for the refund because we count ourselves as part and parcel of the region’s development partners. We have just offered the services free and we feel proud of doing so,” Tan confided to the ‘Daily News’.
CCM Regional Secretary for Singida region, Jimson Mhagama hailed the generous aid saying it was indeed “a stitch in time that has saved nine” apparently meaning the said help came at the right time.
Mhagama appealed to other development stakeholders in and outside the region to emulate the good example demonstrated by SIETCO in supporting other remaining works at the stadium.
Meanwhile, many football fans here have shown their worries over the ongoing sluggish preparations on the stadium ahead of the Premier league kick off, noting that Singida United is likely not to be able to use it during the first leg matches if the trend goes on unchecked.
They said that while the imported grass from neighbouring country planted on the pitch is yet to grow fully, other equally desired stadium amenities which the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) technical advisor directed to be improved are yet to be dealt with.