Construction of a 50,000-seater stadium in the Guinean capital Conakry, will be completed by Chinese architects this week.

The Chinese government had offered to build the stadium as a gift of friendship to the West African country. The Stade de Nongo cost $50 million (€38 million) and should hopefully be opened before the start of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

An inaugural football match between the Syli National team and a team to be named will be held at the facility prior to the Guineans’ departure for the 2012 African Cup of Nations.

This offering of good-will from the Chinese is the second stadium they have built in Africa. The 40,000-seater Stade d'amitié sino-gabonaise, in Libreville, where the final of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations will be played, was their gift to Gabon.

Previously, the 35,000-capacity multipurpose Stade du 28 Septembre has been Guinea’s biggest and most modern sports facility.

Posted on 08/12/2011