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Heavy rains delay LeFA construction projects

Equipment for the artificial turf arrived in Lesotho in December

Jan. 12, 2021 2 min read

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HEAVY rains have disrupted the installation of artificial turf at the two Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) sports grounds located in Maseru and Mohale’s Hoek.

According to LeFA’s Media Officer Mikia Kalati, the unexpected break might force a delay on the overall completion of the 450 000 US dollar worth construction project, which also comprises the building of a technical centre at the Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena in Maseru.

“Construction work on the technical centre is at advanced stage and the roofing is complete,” he said.

Kalati noted that the construction company engaged to fit the artificial grass at the two sports grounds was on the verge of starting the process when it was interrupted by heavy rains that began before the end of last year.

“The equipment arrived in December and the contractor is ready to proceed with the work, but the installation process cannot be done in this kind of weather condition.

“The artificial turf is being installed by an international company called Adel Grass from Holland while a local construction company, Maphoi Constructions is building the technical centre. Construction on both grounds began last year although the one in Maseru began a few weeks earlier,” Mikia also said.

The technical centre comprises among others, a state-of-the-art gymnasium that will be used by all national teams for their physical training sessions.

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The project which started in August 2020 was expected to be completed by June 2021, but Kalati said due to the delays caused by both the rain and the COVID-19 induced lockdown, it might be finalised way after the scheduled time.

The two grounds will add the number of grounds fitted with artificial grass to four after the DIFA Maputsoe ground and Setsoto Stadium.

This on-going project is part of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) Forward programme which is meant to contribute towards the development of football worldwide.


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