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LeFA starts Bambatha refurbishment

Leemisa Thuseho

THE Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) has commenced refurbishing Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena to in works that will see an artificial turf being installed at the Bambatha ground.

The project at the headquarters is running concurrently with artificial turf installation at Mohale’s Hoek DIFA playground

LeFA president Salemane Phafane told guests at a sod-turning ceremony on Wednesday that apart from the refurbishments and turf installations, the association would construct a 1 600-seater sitting area, a gymnasium and a technical center at Bambatha.

“Here at Bambatha we will have a gymnasium, a technical center and changing rooms,” Phafane said.

The projects are expected to cost M20 million and are supposed to be finished between 14 to 16 months.

Once the Bambatha ground gets an artificial turf, it will become the fourth after Setsoto Stadium and Maputsoe DIFA Ground and Mohale’s Hoek DIFA Ground.

Phafane said through FIFA’s assistance, Netherlands’ Edel Grass has been awarded the artificial turf installation contract for the two grounds while the rest of the work will be done by local companies.

“All of these projects are going to be done by local constructors except for the turf installations that will be done by Netherlands company — Edel Grass.

“We asked FIFA to help us identify a company that can install top quality turf. We are happy to engage Edel Grass because they have previously done good work installing artificial turf at Maputsoe DIFA Ground.

“The funds for the projects are already in our accounts, so we have no reason not to start,” he said.

Local company-Trend Group, has been appointed the principal agent for all the projects.

Trend Group managing director Lenka Mphafi said they have engaged several local companies to speed up progress.

“All this will happen within the given time frame and in two years will be done,” Mphafi said adding that they hope the works would be in full swing in two weeks.

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