Technicians of the construction company that roofed the West wing of the tribune say, it will take two weeks to put back the seats which were removed before works.
The roofing of the Limbe Omnisport Stadium which was halted during the 2016 Female Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has been completed. On a guided tour in the field on Friday December 29, 2017, the Site Engineer of Tianyun Construction Group LTD, Atoh Festus Ngwa said they are done with the roofing of the stadium which signals the completion of works.
He indicated that what is left is the re-installations of the 8 000 seats at the West Wing Tribune which were removed to permit the installation of the roofing system of the tribune.
“In two weeks or even less we shall be able to reinstall all the seats in the West Wing Tribune,” he said. The Director of the Limbe Ominsports Stadium, Ekombe née Wanki Pascaline, said the facility which has 20 234 seating capacity is ready for use and meets the prescription of Africa Football Confederation (CAF). She outlined some of the facilities in the stadium which give it an international standard.
She said CAF require that a stadium should have an administrative block which the Limbe Omnisport stadium has. The field boasts of four dressing rooms for players which can permit it to host two different matches on the same day. There is the doping control room, VIP lounge for reception, there are offices reserved for CAF officials and there is the conference room. Match commissioners, delegates, ball pickers among others all have offices.
She recalled that immediately after the 2016 Female AFCON, the Limbe Omnisport Stadium which is located in Ngeme was opened and hosted Division One and Two matches. But the matches and other sporting activities got suspended later on to preserve the edifice to host 2019 AFCON.
So the playing ground is in good shape. With two electrical lines for the football field, officials of the stadium said they are sure for a continous flow of lights. “One line comes from town and the other from SONARA.
So if one of the lines fails us then we will immediately switch to the other line. In case of total blackout, there is a standby generator to provide energy,” she explained. The Director expressed the need for the facility to own a bore hole for water supply but quickly added that the authority of Cameroon Water Corporation has assured them of constant water supply before, during and after 2019 AFCON.
With her nine permanent staffers, she said they are up to the task and can provide all the services required. “During events, we will bring in more hired staffers. As of now we are just waiting for AFCON 2019 to begin,” she said.
“We Are Trying To Perfect Everyting”
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Ekombe née Wanki Pascaline, Director of the Limbe Omnisports Stadium.
What is the state of preparedness of the Limbe Omnisport Stadium?
The Limbe Omnisports Stadium is one of the structures put in place by the state for the organisation of the 2016 and the 2019 AFCON. We were privileged to successfully host the 2016 Female AFCON matches. Now we are preparing and trying to perfect everything to have a better hosting of the 2019 AFCON. The stadium is ready for full use.
What do you have in this stadium that makes you believe it can host international matches?
We have the administrative block which has four dressing rooms that meet up to the CAF standard to permit two matches run on the same day. We also have in the administrative block, the doping control room. There are the VIP lounges which are compulsory in any modern stadium for reception of the VIP before and after the matches. In the main block also, there are offices for all CAF officials like match delegates, commissioners, ball pickers etc. There is the conference room for press conferences. We have the technical area which control water for the irrigation of the playground, the toilets and other offices. There is wireless internet service and a standby generator in case of blackout. The playground is superb. The Limbe Omnisports Stadium has an ultramodern sound system for communication and four lighting towers to permit matches at night. To crown it all, the roofing of the West Wing Tribune has just been completed. In short everything is in place.
Are there any complementary grounds to the Limbe Omnisport Stadium?
Yes, there are five complementary grounds. A stadium is not complete without a training ground. For the Limbe Omnisport Stadium, there are five complementary training grounds. We have the Limbe Omnisport Annex, Middle Farms and the Centenary Stadia in Limbe. In Buea, there are The Buea Town Green Field and Molyko Omnisport Stadium which are already.
What is lacking in the Limbe Omnisports Stadium?
There are other little things that we would have loved to have such as the two additional substitution benches. In a modern stadium like this one, they are supposed to be four but we only have two. The stadium does not have a bore hole but the authority of the Cameroon Water Corporation has assured us of constant water flow before, during and after 2019 AFCON. For those minute aspects, the list of the items has been forwarded to the Minister of Sports and Physical Education. So we will correct them in no time.