Dodoma sports venue construction set for completion after two years   

15Mar 2019
Renatha Msungu
DODOMA
The Guardian
Dodoma sports venue construction set for completion after two years   

CONSTRUCTION of an ultra-modern sports venue in Dodoma, which is expected to start soon, is set to complete after two and a half years.

Dodoma’s Jamhuri Stadium as pictured recently. An ultra-modern stadium will be constructed in the region.

Tan National Roads Agency (TANROADS) Director, Patrick Mfugale, told the press in the region on Wednesday the venue will have a seating capacity of between 85, 000-105, 000 fans.

He disclosed experts from Morocco have toured the venue’s site at Uzunguni in Dodoma and have reached agreement with their Tanzania counterparts on the site and the venue design.

He said President John Magufuli wants to see the construction starts soon and added the President is willing to offer contribution with a view to seeing to it the project is completed.

He though stopped short of disclosing costs for the construction, noting the costs will be known after evaluation.

He also disclosed the Uzunguni site is suitable for construction of the venue.

An expert from Morocco, Soussi Yassir, congratulated Tanzania’s government for opting to select a good site for construction of the venue.

Yassir noted the construction will start as soon as possible with the aim of seeing to it that Dodoma has a modern sports stadium.

He disclosed Morocco’s authorities will not let Tanzania’s government down as the former have prepared well for the project.

President Magufuli had confirmed the construction of the venue during an occasion that marked the 53rd Anniversary of the Union between the then Tanganyika and Zanzibar which was held for the first time at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma.

Last year, King Mohamed VI of Morocco visited Tanzania and pledged to build an ultra-modern stadium in Dodoma.

In his visit, dozens of Morocco companies signed agreements with major players of Tanzania private sector, including the newly planned sports venue.

The new stadium is reported to cost between US Dollars 80 and 100m, it will be bigger and better than the current National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

It will also enable the country to be in a better position to bid for hosting major continental and world events such as Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals, Africa Nations Champions for home based players (CHAN) finals as well as other top athletics events such as All African Games and World Athletics championships.