South Sudan’s national stadium in the capital Juba has collapsed.
According to reports, part of the stadium now under reconstruction carved in due to poor planning by “amateur companies that are awarded contracts through corruption”.
The old 12,000 capacity Juba Stadium which was opened in 1962 was demolished in 2019 to pave way for renovation and expansion to a capacity of 19,000 people.
The project kicked off in July 2019 and was nearing completion.
The construction is being done by a local company called GS Construction Company Limited under the FIFA Forward Support.
It was expected to be completed in 2021.
In April last year, GS construction company was contracted by SSFA to reconstruct the only national stadium in the country.
The stadium was initially planned to be completed in February this year but due to delays in receiving funds from world governing FIFA who are the sole funders of the reconstruction project of the stadium.
During an assessment visit to the stadium over weekend, Francis Amin Michael said heavy rains have been a challenge to the construction work, but expressed optimism the work will be completed on time.
Amin who was in the company of the Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs, Tut Gatluak, who also inspected work on the facility.
Tut Gatluak described sports as one of the crucial tools for peace and unity among the people of South Sudan.
The constriction of the stadium is a $5 million promise made to South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) by FIFA President Gianni Infantino during his visit to South Sudan after his first election as head of the world soccer governing body.
Last year, the government of South Sudan approved US $25m for the construction of the new stadium in the capital.