The Director of Sports in the Ministry for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports Leonard Thadeo said the refurbishment works for the Uhuru Stadium have reached advanced stages with possibility to host this year’s Independence celebrations set for December 9.
He said the final phases of renovating the stadium will continue after the occasion and it will only be ready for public use after attaining full completion.
He declined to say when the facility will be ready, but insisted the Chinese construction company renovating the stadium informed his office the venue will be ready by next year.
He also said the facility has a capacity to accommodate 20,000 people and once its renovation is complete it will be used to relieve the National Stadium.
“This years Independence Cerebrations will be held at the Uhuru stadium, but this does not mean the stadium is certified for use, the renovations will continue and once the constructors are through we will let Tanzanians know”, he said
The stadium is a home ground for most of the Dar es Salaam-based premier league teams including archrivals Yanga and Simba Football Clubs.
The teams do not have stadiums of their own. The two teams have been using the National Stadium as their home ground since the closure of the Uhuru Stadium.
Meanwhile, Thadeo said the Government, Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) and Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) met yesterday to discuss on TFF accounts which were frozen by the tax collectors.
The director said the meeting was attended by officers from both parties and the Government will give details once the discussions are over.
TRA froze TFF account which had 350,250,000/- last weekend to recover an outstanding 157.4m/- in Pay As You Earn (PAYE) taxes arrears by foreign coaches hired by the football federation.