Olembe Stadium. All construction materials to be on site this May – Director

All precast materials and others needed for the erection of the 60,000 capacity Olembe Stadium will be on site in Yaounde by May 2018, Sam Thamin, Director General of Gruppo Piccini Cameroun has said. The manager of the company constructing the multi-purpose stadium made the disclosure in an exclusive interview he recently granted the national bilingual daily.

“This month (April), we did something different. It was previewed that we receive each month a vessel of 10,000-ton capacity. Rather, this month, two ships left Italy. The first which has the expected monthly capacity will decked in Doaula on April 27. The second which has a double capacity will reach in the first week of May. Logically, within this period, we would have received three vessels,” Sam Thamin said. He indicated that once the ships arrive, they would have had all materials they need to put up the edifice.

At the construction site, the retaining wall on the western part bordering the southern one is completely erected. The end of the work of the one continuing to the north part is well on course. Technicians say the foundations are now all done. “Moreover, we have already prepared the inserts to house the metal poles. This grandstand will be designed like a five-storey building. It includes the dressing rooms for players and officials, administrative offices, the media center, restaurants, a room and a press gallery, a presidential stand, and suspended boxes,” one of them disclosed.

Initiated thanks to President Paul Biya’s ingenuity, the 60,000-seat capacity stadium which also will have basketball courts, volleyball and tennis courts, an eight lane Olympic swimming pool, conference centers, commercial centers, a four-star hotel and a parking lot as supporting facilities is being constructed on the outskirts of Yaounde. The stadium named Paul Biya Stadium will first be used to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations in its new 24-team format. Though it will be mostly used for football, it can also accommodate athletic events.

Gerard Alingwa

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