Poor stadium lighting soon a thing of the past

01 Oct 2014 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 01 OCT (NAMPA) – The Independence Stadium in Windhoek will soon have better lighting for night-time football matches, or any other sports activities.
This development was necessitated by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Championship due to take place here from 11 to 25 October.
Floodlights are currently being installed at that stadium as well as the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura, which will also be used for that tournament.
“We want to have complete infrastructure which can be fit for International Federation of Football Associations’ (FIFA) or CAF events,” Chief Sports Officer in the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture Irvine Ndjavera told Nampa on Wednesday.
However, the floodlights being installed will be temporary until the football event is finalised, said Ndjavera, who is also an executive member of the Local Organising Committee (LOC).
This was due to the late release of finances by the Ministry of Finance to the LOC.
“We have limited time to put up the lights in their permanent positions. A complete installation will require roughly three months, and we currently don’t have that much time.
And whatever developments we are putting up at these stadiums are supposed to remain there after the tournament,” he stated.
However, the City of Windhoek, which owns the Sam Nujoma Stadium, will have to decide whether the temporary floodlights being installed there will be fitted permanently later.
“The lights which have been installed at the Independence Stadium are there to stay because we are using Government money to develop Government infrastructure, but with the Sam Nujoma Stadium, that is another story.
We will have to hear what the City Council wants to do with the temporary developments which we are putting up for the tournament,” stated Ndjavera.