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Giyani and Thohoyandou stadiums set for facelift

By unknown | Jun 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

All reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

All reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The Limpopo government plans to upgrade stadiums in Thohoyandou and Giyani in line with international standards.

Sello Moloto, Limpopo premier, told Sowetan that they wanted the two venues to be part of the 2010 World Cup legacy projects.

"In the bid book that was submitted to Fifa, the two stadiums were identified as some of the training grounds for the 2010 World Cup.

"The problem now is that the Local Organising Committee is saying that players are not supposed to travel long distances for training," said Moloto.

"The training venues must be in the vicinity of the host cities. As the provincial government we are now in talks with the national government.

"We are also talking to the relevant municipalities to upgrade the stadiums in Giyani and Thohoyandou.

"The plan is to have the venues as legacy projects.

"We are well aware that the two venues are used for Black Leopards [Thohoyandou] and Dynamos [Giyani] for their official home matches.

"The two venues will be in line with standards of hosting international matches," said Moloto.

"We are serious about improving our facilities."

Moloto, a staunch sports fan, has always been supportive of the Limpopo sportsmen and sportswomen, as well as teams in various codes.

Pat Malabela, Dynamos' chairman, said they were excited to hear that the provincial government will upgrade Giyani Stadium.

"This is great news and we thank the government for making Giyani Stadium one of the legacy projects of the World Cup," he said.

"Upgrading the stadium will also help in terms of the hosting of official international matches.

"Our mothers, brothers and uncles may attend when we play there."

David Thidiela, Leopards' boss, said: "We are naturally delighted to hear that there are plans to make Thohoyadou Stadium one of the legacy projects."

Moloto also announced that the Polokwane Gateway International Airport is being upgraded to meet all the international requirements for the 2010 World Cup.

"We are turning it into a state- of-the-art facility. Work is in progress for a logistical hub for both cargo and passenger transport.

"We have already started with the terminus," said Moloto, whose government has allocated R76 million for the upgrading of airport facilities in Polokwane, Giyani and Thohoyandou.


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