Stadium lights still in the spotlight ahead of Cosafa

19 May 2016 15:40pm
By Hesron Kapanga
WINDHOEK, 19 MAY (NAMPA) - The two main stadiums in the capital which will host the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup in June, are yet to receive better lighting for evening football matches.
The Cosafa Cup tournament is set for 11 to 25 June 2016 at the Sam Nujoma and Independence stadiums, where Namibia will defend the Cup won in South Africa last year.
With about three weeks to go before Southern Africa’s biggest football competition kicks off, these two stadiums still do not have the officially approved floodlights for games played at night.
The situation has been going on for the past two years, resulting in Namibia Premier League (NPL) games being played during day - in the scorching Namibian sun.
Cosafa Local Organising Committee (LOC) chairperson Roger Kambatuku told Nampa on Wednesday that the LOC had a successful meeting with the municipality and the lights will be installed soon.
“We are going to hand over the stadiums to Cosafa on 04 June and based on our discussion with the City Of Windhoek, they will be done fixing the lights in 14 days and that will be before the competition kicks off.
“This time around, the floodlights will be permanently set up on stands that cannot be removed after the tournament,” said Kambatuku.
In 2014 during the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Championship that was held in Windhoek in October, temporary lights that were set up for the competition were later removed after the tournament came to an end.
Fourteen countries will participate - eight in the first round (in two groups) of which the group winners will proceed to the quarterfinals and play against Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa that have received byes to the quarterfinals.