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Benjamin To Construct Khomasdal Stadium Into World-Class Facility

City of Windhoek officials Uakazuvaka Kazombiaze (left) and Fillemon Hambunda (center) with Collin Benjamin.
WINDHOEK – Plans to construct a world class football facility at the Khomasdal Stadium's B field are afoot after the City of Windhoek concluded a 30-year lease agreement with former Brave Warriors captain, Collin Benjamin.

Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Benjamin confirmed the lease agreement, saying it was signed on 31 January 2020 by himself, city's manager of parks, Uakazuvaka Kazombiaze and manager for strategic executive economic development and community services, Fillemon Hambunda.

Kazombiaze confirmed the deal, saying all due diligence and processes were followed before the agreement was signed. “Congratulations to (Collin) Benjamin who has been patient with us. We are now looking forward to a world-class facility from his side,” he said.

The long-term lease agreement between the City of Windhoek will see Benjamin revamp the Khomasdal Stadium's B Field into a N$50 million sports development facility for young Namibians. Benjamin said he was happy as well as sad with the latest development. “It is a bittersweet moment for me. It has been a long process since he made an application but we finally have the field and we can finally play football. I am sad because it took such a long time to finalize it, [but] I am looking forward to what is coming to this place,” he said.

He added that his aim is to develop a facility that allows the youth to play football, as most football youths who play the game are from the western suburbs of Windhoek. “It will be a facility for us by us and it will help us develop young players to international standards. We would also love to have an artificial pitch, which will help us develop players of international standard,” he added.

Speaking about the investment in the project, Benjamin indicated that the initial investors decided on developing a similar project in Ivory Coast as a result of the protracted process of securing the lease, which means he will now have to source funds for the facility elsewhere. He added that he is open to partnering with local and foreign investors, as long as the goal remains the same.

“We are going to get this facility come what may. I think I owe it to Namibia to develop this facility. This is where I played my first football match on a grass field when I was 12 years old, the same football that has given me the kind of I life that I have now,” he said.

Benjamin, who is a former captain of Namibia's senior men's national team (Brave Warriors), started his playing career at Civics in Windhoek, before going on to play in the German Bundesliga for Hamburg Sport Verein (HSV) between 2001 and 2011.

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