Chinese delegation in Zambia for feasibility studies on the stadia to be constructed

A Chinese delegation has arrived in the country to conduct feasibility studies for the construction of three stadia in Zambia.

Speaking on arrival at the Lusaka International Airport, delegation leader Jin Meikang assured the Zambian government that the stadia to be constructed would of international standards and their lifespan would be over 50 years.

Mr. Meikang, who spoke through an interpreter, said the stadia would have a seating capacity of over 50,000 spectators.

The stadia to be constructed by the Anltui Foreign T-conomil Construction Group would located in Ndola, Lusaka and Livingstone respectively.

And Government says Zambia will learn a lot from China in the area of construction and engineering from such undertakings.

Ministry of Sport, Youth and Child Development Chief Planner Henry Kapacha, who was on hand to receive the delegation, said government is indebted to China through the gesture shown by that country to help Zambia have modern stadia.

Mr. Kapacaha reiterated government’s commitment to developing sports infrastructure in the country.

Recently, Sport, Youth and Child Development Minister Kenneth Chipungu accompanied by his Permanent Secretary Susan Sikaneta were in China to negotiate for the construction of modern sports infrastructure to which the Chinese government has favorably responded.

ZANIS

25 Comments

  1. 1 flag Yaba

    Uluse ulu lwacilamo. It’s like what missionaries used to do when they came to Africa. They would carry a bible and a gun in the name of bringing christianity to Africa. Whoever resists then the gun will have be used. One letter I read written by David Livingstone to his friends back in England, remember he was part of London Missionary Society he said there was a lot of potential in this dark continental, it’s full of mineral and the fertile soils among others. Thank God the Bembas were kind enough to still him first aid box which had medicine and became vulnerable to malaria.

    Naba chinese cimo cine. Could be Nansanga farm block they have seen.

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  2. 3 flag Goverment spokesman

    l thought the construction has stated already. aatase ifya bupuba

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  3. 4 flag ON GUARD ALERT

    CAN SOMEONE EDUCATE ME ON THIS AND THAT PROJECT BEING AWARDED TO CHINAMAN/CONTRACTOR. DOES IT MEAN THE LIST OF CONSULTING ENGINEERS AND PRACTISING ENGINEERS AND CIVILCONTRACTING COYS REGISTERED WITH RELEVANT AUTHORITIES CANNOT MODERNISE INDEPENDENCE STADIUM. ALL THE LIKES OF PROF. SIMUKANGE ARE NON STARTERS/PERFOMERS. I WOULD AGREE IF THE FUNDING LIKE NDOLA CASE COMING FROM CHINA. WHEN RE WE GOING TO BUILD LOCAL CAPACITY? WHAT IS HAPPENING AT NCC, ENGINEERING BOARD OF ZAMBIA ETC. SOMEONE SOME WHERE WILL BE FOUND WANTING WHEN ITS TOO LATE. THERE COULD BE DEALS BEING CUT WITH SOME CHINESE CONTRACTORS. NEXT LL AUDITING & OTHER PROFESSIONAL JOBS WILL B GOING TO FOREIGN FIRMS WHILST ZAMBIANS ARE WATCHING INDWI. MARK MY WORDS. ARE THERE PAPER ENGINEERS IN ZAMBIA OR NOT DIRECTOR OF WORKS ANS ME

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  4. 5 flag Thenji Stevens(Mrs)

    Alaleeeeee!!!! I thought the Itawa stadium was already under way??

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  5. 6 flag Nine Chale

    There is basically nothing wrong with these projects. It is also good for Zambians to learn from the Chinese in terms of construction and engineering skills. However, we need to know the conditions of cooperation in detail in order to weigh the risk/benefit matrix for the Zambian people. For example, how much local work force will be employed? Shamefully, the Chinese employers are known to be the most ruthless worldwide.

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  6. 7 flag paris

    How many times are they going to arrive????? thought these stadia were taking off already?

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  7. 8 flag katongo ( Chingola)

    Icalo mwashitisha ku ma Chinese. These stadia are at a price. You shall see more chinese raping our motherland

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  8. 9 flag Mo taim

    feasebility studies ?Damn i thought our fuc…d up nyamasoya was giving the same guys an altimatum to finish the Ndola one a month or so before schedule

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  9. 10 flag The Government

    I thought they were ment to be constructed before the 2010 word cup? lusakatimes this should not be news, it is actually fake information. I wonder why the Zambian media allows these fickle leaders use them to spread false information. This is just a worst of time.

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  10. 11 flag Kabobola

    Let the chinese help, after all we have failed to build a decent stadium 45yrs after independence.

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  11. 12 flag PEPESA KALANGASA

    It all ends up at feasibility studies. This isn’t a new song, we ve listened to it many times in the past. This stadium will not be built.

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  12. 13 flag Cîroc

    I think # 7 has a point.. hasn’t this delegation arrived 10 times in the past 3 months? haha. Anyway, I hope these stadia come to fruition and Zambia can finally have a decent playing surface. Nothing wrong with Chinese contractors.. but as is being said on this blog, we need a bit more detail and specific deadlines.

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  13. 14 flag Max

    I have been thinking about the decision to construct three new stadiums in Lusaka, Ndola, and Livingstone. What I find baffling is how these decisions are arrived at. It appears to me that sometimes emotion overrides rationality in these decisions

    Personally, I feel very strongly that there should be a stadium constructed in Kitwe for the following reasons:

    Kitwe is more central to the Copperbelt than Ndola. Almost all the towns on the Copperbelt are equidistant to Kitwe. The average distance to Kitwe from any part of the Copperbelt is about 51 kilometres. Which town or city on the Copperbelt can match this? It therefore makes more economic sense and it is fairer and cheaper to football fans to travel by bus, taxi, or own transport to Kitwe than Ndola to watch an international…

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  14. 15 flag Max

    Kitwe is more central to the Copperbelt than Ndola. Almost all the towns on the Copperbelt are equidistant to Kitwe. The average distance to Kitwe from any part of the Copperbelt is about 51 kilometres. Which town or city on the Copperbelt can match this? It therefore makes more economic sense and it is fairer and cheaper to football fans to travel by bus, taxi, or own transport to Kitwe than Ndola to watch an international football match. For many, this would cut their transportation costs by at least fifty percent. This would not be the case if they have travel all the way from Chingola or Chililabombwe to Ndola.

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  15. 16 flag Max

    Kitwe has a much stronger football culture than Ndola. For example, Kitwe is the home of the nine time football club champions, Nkana, Afrisports, Kitwe United (the original home of the legendary Godfrey Chitalu), and the only Zambian club to have ever won the Africa Clubs Championship, Power Dynamos. A stadium of the magnitude being envisaged should ideally be located in an area that promotes and sustains such a tradition. In countries like Ghana this appears to be the logic that that has dictated the location of stadiums in Accra (the home of Accra Hearts of Oak) and Kumasi (the home of Asante Kotoko).

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  16. 17 flag Max

    To me even the location of a national stadium in Livingstone is rather strange. What teams does Livingstone or Southern province have to make use of the stadium? Ndola and Livingstone, of course, deserve stadiums, but certainly not at the expense of towns like Kitwe.

    Let us also not forget that if we intend holding the Africa Cup, teams are put into four groups, namely, A, B, C, and D. So why can’t the powers that be consider constructing four stadiums in Lusaka, Kitwe, Ndola, and Livingstone to accommodate the four groups?

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  17. 18 flag Max

    Let us not be sentimental about the demise of Dag Hammarskjöld Stadium and use that as a justification for locating a stadium in Ndola and forget about other towns. Or just because Livingstone is a tourist town! We should be more realistic when making these decisions.

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  18. 19 flag FutureZed

    This is money laundering! how many times are we getting people from China to have a look at our red soil? Watch this space,the construction will start just before elections. Our politicians will carry on squandering the wealth of our nation. We started talking about stadiums before Angola, South Africa and Namibia. Now these countries stadiums are nearing completion and all we have to our name is feasibility study and ground clearing?? LT please could you clarify if this is fresh locations or existing which has been going round in circles??

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  19. 20 flag Kunda Mfumu

    Let all the talking cease so that we see ACTION on the part of all the stake holders involved in these developmental projects. Good news will cease to be news if these talking points ends just in the print and electronic tabloids.

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  20. 21 flag Hallejay: Infrastructure

    Personally I think it was more important to ask the Chineese to help Z build a second university, improve the road infrastructure or build a second hospital like UTH . A stadium is not a priority to Zambians in this economic climate

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  21. 22 flag Adviser

    My understanding is that the former Dag Stadium in Ndola is under construction – these are additional stadia. However, this would imply two new stadia in Ndola – doesn’t make sense. I was thinking that Ndola is chosen to accommodate fans from the Midlands. However, we have taken International matches to Konkola so this is no excuse. It would therefore, be right to have a world class stadium in Kitwe. By the way, isn’t the Govt. thinking of constructing dual carriageways between the major cities?

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  22. 23 flag lubs

    most stadia world over are built by the chinese.but yes what conditions are attached to ours

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  23. 24 flag lubs

    wait a minute. construct or rehabilitate?an april 2009 story says they are going to rehabilitate independence stadium in lusaka and maramba stadium in livingstone and build a new one in ndola. this story says construct. clarify.

    otherwise new stadia at different well thought out sites, with value adding facilities (restaurants,pubs, shops,hotels, etc) are needed. these stadia should cater for all other major sports (swimming,track and field etc) and public events not only soccer. then one day we can look at hosting africa.

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  24. 25 flag Manyonde

    Fisrt of all many structures have been built and soon afterwards, windows are broken, toilets do not work, doors are ripped off, grass is not maintained. Those in charge must realize that you can save alot of money by careful maintainance of the premises. Current premises are so dirty you cannot even use the toilets. It is also a matter of pride to have clean stadia. Secondly stadia should be spread throughout the country and not concentrated on the copperbelt and midlands only. Let the Chinese build the three and then the Zambians can build a stadium in each provincial town. Why are we are for ever begging! Even a stadium has to be financed and built by someone else, where are our engineering graduates? I am very disappointed the Livingstone stadia is being postponed! Political ?

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