Mbabane - With barely 24-hours to the 2018 FIFA World Cup
qualifier against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, the Times of Swaziland reports
that the E1.5 million allocated for the refurbishment of Somhlolo National
Stadium synthetic track and maintenance of floodlights has still not been
released, about eight months later.
This is contained in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and
Youth Affairs second quarter performance report tabled in Parliament. Somhlolo
host an epic 2018 World Cup qualifier between the nation’s pride Sihlangu
against African powerhouse Nigeria tomorrow.
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“As previously reported that the ministry was allocated
E1.5m for the refurbishment of the synthetic track and maintenance of
floodlights, the necessary process of transferring the money from the Ministry
of Finance to Micro Projects is at an advanced stage,” read the report.
However, during the period under review, the national
stadium has been face lifted in the form of painting of grandstands, ablutions,
media houses, dressing rooms and gates. The department of Sports has also
increased the stadium personnel for cleaning and maintenance purposes.
The department has a total of E18.8m for the financial year
and of this total, 13.9 have since been released, according to the report. A
total of E11m has been expended by the department with its budget inclusive of
internal and external grants to the Swaziland National Sports and Recreation
Council totaling to E6.4m and E279 456 respectively.For
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