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B’da To Get First Modern Sporting Infrastructure 55 Years After Independence.

The future Bamenda Olympic Stadium

The future Bamenda Olympic Stadium

The city of Bamenda close to six decades after independence will soon boast of a modern Olympic stadium, following the laying of the foundation stone this afternoon by Northwest Governor Lele L’Afrique Adolph, in the presents of Tombi A Roko Sidiki, FECAFOOT president, Ni John Fru Ndi, SDF Chairman and some top raking administrative, traditional and religious authorities.

The 2500 all seated and covered stadium with floodlights covering all four corners of the plying ground and a synthetic pitch, will also have locker rooms for players and match officials, modern toilets facilities, reporting booths, press room, offices, an athletic track and two handball, one basket ball and  volleyball courts, a gymnasium and restaurant.

The construction work will last six months and will cost 780 million frs solely financed by the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT). The project will be executed by Prime Potomac Global, a New York based Construction Company.

NW Governor

John Fru Ndi and NW Governor

John Fru Ndi and NW Governor

Tombi A Roko Sidiki

Tombi A Roko Sidiki (FECAFOOT president)

Tombi A Roko Sidiki[/caption]

Northwest Governor Adolph Lele L’Afrique addressing the football authorities of the country called on FECAFOOT official to work harder to provide Bamenda with a befitting sporting infrastructure and to push for some of the fallouts of the 2019 AFCON to reach Bamenda and the Northwest region as a whole. Speaking earlier, Bamenda City Council Delegate Vincent Ndumu Nji said Bamenda ranks amongst the top three in the country in terms of gate takings and deserves a bigger stadium like those of Limbe, Bafoussam and Yaoundé.

In response, the FA boss said Bamenda is amongst the major cities of the country to be equipped with a modern stadium with a capacity of 20 000 seats under a national development program. For the Olympic Stadium, he said Bamenda was earmarked because the presence of elite teams and the lack of infrastructures. Bamenda he added is one of five towns chosen with the others being Bafia, Bafang, Bangante and Sangmelima.

Bamenda based elite one and two sides Yong Sport Academy, PWD and National Polytechnic will now be forced to play their matches in makeshift grounds for the time being. The Bamenda Municipal Stadium has been the theatre of sports for the entire Northwest region hosting all matches from weekend keepfits, primary and college games, inter-quarter competitions, third and second division matches, elite one and two games amongst many others.

The Bamenda Olympic Stadium will be the first ever modern sporting infrastructure of any kind to be constructed in the city and the northwest region as a whole since independence in 1961 (Reunification).

Expectation amongst city dwellers is high though many are still adopting the wait and see approach after many years of failed promises to the people of Bamenda.

NW Governor looking ahead to the realisation of the Bda Olympic Stadium

NW Governor looking ahead to the realisation of the Bda Olympic Stadium

Project Engineer assisting in laying the foundation stone

Project Engineer assisting in laying the foundation stone

Project Engineer assisting in laying the foundation stone[/caption]

By Abongwa Fozo.

8 Responses to B’da To Get First Modern Sporting Infrastructure 55 Years After Independence.

  1. Bamenda Online May 7, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks for your concern. Please can you read through the story once more before concluding. Thanks

  2. John Bokilo May 6, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Where would the stadium be built? How could the journalist fail to mention this point? It tells someone what the quality of journalism is in Cameroon.

    If the picture represents the real thing, it new stadium would be inferior to what is being constructed in Limbe. Nonetheless, Bamenda has something new to be proud of.

  3. CHE TITUS TEBECK April 21, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Che Titus Tebeck,

    At last we will have a befitting stadium in Abakwa.Where will it be constructed ?