Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) had set August 23 as the date for the handing over of the facility that has been closed for refurbishment since 2008. But the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology will not hand over the stadium to the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture as planned. BNSC acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Thato Kgosimore explained that the cancellation of the official opening of the facility has nothing to do with its status.
"The stadium is ready, but there are a few logistical things that needs to be put in place," he told Mmegi Sport. Kgosimore said the official opening would happen once they secure a friendly game for the national soccer team the Zebras, to mark the occasion.Botswana Football Association Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Keith Masters has said they were not able to secure a game because of short notice.He said they have been in talks with Malawi and indications are that they would only make it on September 3. Reports indicate that the handover had to be cancelled after the realisation that some invited elders would not make it to the ceremony.
The facility was closed for renovations in 2008, but completion was delayed after the government refused to accept a pitch with poor drainage.New works on the pitch started in March this year were completed in June, bringing to a close a saga, which left the nation seething and threatened to spill to the courts.The renovation had a budget of 67 million but needed an extra P7.8 million to fix the pitch.