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MKHUZWENI TECHNICAL CENTRE TO COST E33M

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EZULWINI – The new technical centre constructed at Mkhuzweni will come at a huge cost.

It was established yesterday from the keynote address by the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) President Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa that the sports facility will cost more than E33 million to complete. This was during the football mother body’s 2020 annual general meeting held at the Happy Valley Resort in Ezulwini. These are development projects from which member associations get funding following their request to world football governing body, FIFA.

Initiatives

FIFA would then assist member associations embark on these football development initiatives through its FIFA Forward development programme. In his address of the 2020 ordinary general assembly, the Eswatini football chief told delegates that the executive committee had now set its sight on the implementation of the mini stadium and the regional technical centre at Mkhuzweni, in northern Hhohho, with the construction commencement scheduled for August 2020. “This FIFA Forward Project, valued at least E23 219 177.08 is projected to take about 12 months to be completed,” he said. Mthethwa further stated that the executive committee had further decided that an artificial turf field would also be installed at that centre.

Estimated

He said the installation of the artificial turf would require a further estimated US$600 000, which translates to E10 356 000 in today’s currency exchange rate and the money amounts to over E33 million. Mthethwa said the basis of their estimation was the installation of the artificial turf at Kalanga. According to the president, after this project, the football association will only be left with the Manzini region to conclude this decentralisation phase of football facilities to all the four regions of the country. Mthethwa said the football association sought to improve the existing infrastructure, in terms of their upgrade and regular maintenance and repairs to position them to attract more revenues for the organisation.

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