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PR regrets degradation of sports infrastructures. FAF holds managers accountable

The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, expressed his sadness on Saturday at the advanced state of degradation of the main sports infrastructures, with emphasis on football stadiums. The vice-president of the Angolan Football Federation (FAF), José Carlos Miguel, said that the state of degradation of the infrastructures is the result of the managers' incompetence.


The head of state, who reacted, in Luanda, on the occasion of the inauguration of the members of the Economic and Social Council, asked for help to find solutions.

"It shouldn't be the State that manages the infrastructures, however, I hope they will help us find the best solutions to reverse the situation. We need ideas to see if we can get out of the situation we are in today", he said.

João Lourenço recalled that, despite the poor state of conservation of most of the sports infrastructures, athletes have won several medals and cups, in different modalities, in international competitions, for giving themselves "body and soul".

The President also admitted that from the point of view of training conditions in Angola, the sport is not doing well.

The stadiums 11 de Novembro, in Luanda, Tundavala, in Huíla province, Chiazi, in Cabinda province and Ombaka stadium, in Benguela, built from scratch in 2010, on the occasion of the 2010 CAN dispute, are the that most concern João Lourenço, due to its state of degradation.

FAF blames managers for degradation

On his turn, the vice-president of the Angolan Football Federation (FAF), José Carlos Miguel, said, on Saturday, that the state of degradation of the sporting infrastructures, noticed by the President, João Lourenço, is the result of the incompetence of the managers.

Speaking to Lusa, the official said he had no doubt that the current framework weakens Angolan sport and the country.

"It is an unquestionable truth. Strictly speaking, our sports infrastructures are facing abandonment, as a result of real and incompetent mismanagement, which leaves the country in a truly bad situation", he assumed.

The vice-president of the FAF also defended the need to change the management criteria, which, in his view, involve giving responsibility to whoever is qualified for this purpose, through a public tender.

"It is necessary to hand over the management to those who are truly dedicated to the purpose, as it is not the State that has this vocation. Just look at the 11 de Novembro stadium, how is the Tafe, Tundavala, Ombaka stadium, how is the Coqueiros stadium, how are the multipurpose pavilions spread across the country? We have to stop immediately, urgently, reflect, make a public tender for who is really oriented to manage sports infrastructures", he said.

Therefore, José Carlos Miguel also defended the accountability of managers who incur in mismanagement of the Angolan public assets.

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