WINDHOEK, 15 APR – The artificial turf at the Sam Nujoma Stadium is in a deteriorating state, with air bubbles lifting the turf which sometimes make play difficult and a danger to players.
Strategic Executive: Economic Development and Community Services at the City of Windhoek (CoW), Fillemon Nangolo Hambuda agreed, saying the artificial turf is now starting to show signs of aging.
Normal grass was first planted after the completion of the 10 300-seat stadium in 2005, but was removed three years later for the laying of the astroturf.
Hambuda told Nampa on enquiry recently plans are at an advanced stage to re-lay the pitch, and they will soon approach other partners, including the Namibia Football Association (NFA), which owns the turf, to engage them in this matter.
“Recently when we were discussing our budget, we set aside N.dollars 10 million for this project. Hopefully the budget will be approved so we can then replace the turf,” he said.
Hambuda added that they will endeavour to make sure the ‘B’ Field at the stadium will also receive attention, with an option of laying the synthetic surface from the ‘A’ field there.
He said the ‘B’ field will then be used for training and warm-up before matches as a way of taking off load from the main field.
Hambuda acknowledged that the ‘A’ field is overused, and revealed plans that they want to start discussions with government for the City to run and manage the Independence Stadium.
Hambuda suggested that an artificial turf could also be considered for that venue.
He stated that the municipality is committed to improving and increasing sports facilities in and around Windhoek.
“We have been approached by individuals and groups of people who have shown interest in developing a high performance (sports) centre. When the time is right, we will inform you on the progress and developments.”
He added that former Brave Warriors footballer, Collin Benjamin, had also approached them to lease the Khomasdal Sports Stadium for a football academy, with the understanding that he will upgrade the facility.