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Molepolole Stadium renovation nears completion

Molepolole Stadium

The likelihood that Molepolole Stadium will be available for the remainder of the 2021-22 football season hangs in the air, following reports that contractors renovating the facility are yet to complete the job that began nearly two years ago.

Information gleaned from various sources state that the stadium is ready for hosting, although construction is ongoing in some quarters. The stadium, with a carrying capacity of 6 600, was earmarked by Premier League rookies Masitaoka as home-ground, but that dream materialised very late.

It was said that the stadium needed a budget of about P5 million to relay the turf and renovate a water drainage system that has worn out over the years.  The contractors commenced work in 2020 and took almost two years to complete the job. They had said that coronavirus disturbed some of their proceedings and could have finished before scheduled time.

The pitch surface is artificial and was first installed in 2008 at FIFA’s request during the presidency of Philp Makgalemele.  In 2010, it was chosen as one of two host stadiums for the COSAFA Under-20 Challenge.

The Ministry of Sport had filed a communication with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing Development notifying them to start a monitoring exercise as completions end. The reconstruction of this stadium and others was, however, feared to coincide with the long intention of the government to improve sport infrastructure throughout the country.

President Mokgweetsi Masisi, has said the government continues to improve sporting infrastructure as part of the grassroots sport development programme. He said this in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) two years ago. On that financial year, P50 million was allocated for the construction of 10 community sport facilities or mini stadia, around the country.

Molepolole Sports Complex is expected to relieve the Botswana Football League management the pressure and strain on its back as fixture congestion give headache. The unavailability of UB stadium, Royal Area stadium and unreliability of the national stadium has compelled the league to exert pressure on the ministry to complete the relaying of turf as soon as possible. The CEO of the league Solomon Ramochotlhwane said the stadium will be available after holidays, but it is not complete.

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