Nations Cup stadiums standing idle in Angola

By Louise Redvers
BBC Sport, Luanda

It has been thirteen months and counting since Angola hosted the Africa Cup of Nations. But the four stadiums built from scratch for the tournament are standing idle, with uncertain futures. The venues in Luanda, Lubango, Benguela and Cabinda are disused, locked up and some are reportedly disconnected from power supplies.

Last week I went to see the massive 50,000-seater stadium in Luanda and found the site totally deserted. A tall wire security fence blocked off the main entrance and grass was growing over the empty and rain-sodden car park.
Since the end of the tournament in January 2010, the Chinese-built stadium, with its distinctive curved red roof, has been used on just a handful of occasions, the last time back in November to celebrate Angola’s Independence Day.


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