China gifts 60000 capacity stadium to CIV

Monday 18 May 2015

/ by Colin Udoh
The new stadium in CIV will dwarf the Akwa Ibom Stadium

Coye d'Ivoire announced last week that China would finance the construction of a 60,000-seat stadium in Abidjan in time for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The project also includes the construction of a sports city around the stadium in the suburb of Anyama, in the north of the capital.

"A gift from China, the Olympic stadium of Ebimpe with 60,000 seats will allow the hosting of high-level football, athletics and rugby tournaments," a spokesman said before a sports ministry meeting in the Ivory Coast capital.

The work, which will take around two years, will start in January 2016.

"The stadium is a gift from China; the Ivory Coast has just the space to put at its disposal," the spokesman told AFP.

Currently, the 35, 000-capacity Houphouet-Boigny stadium built before independence in 1960 is the only ground of international standard in the country.

It was constructed before independence in 1960.

China is also building the biggest hydro-electric project in the country and constructing a highway to link Abidjan and the Ghana border.

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