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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 October 2005, 13:11 GMT 14:11 UK
More than a Nations Cup
By Nick Cavell
BBC Sport

President Armando Guebuza
President Armando Guebuza's government is backing Mozambique's bid

The Mozambique Football Federation (FMF) says that its bid to host the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations is about more than just football.

Mozambique confirmed its interest in hosting the event on Tuesday, when President Armando Guebuza's government backed the FMF's plans to bid for the event.

The FMF now have until 31 October to formally submit their bid with the Confederation of African Football - as do Nigeria, Morocco, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana - who have all expressed an interest in hosting the competition.

The federation's general secretary, Manuel Monteiro, told BBC Sport that its bid will be about using football to create other benefits for the country.

"What we intend is more than the African Cup of Nations we want to try to create centres for our football as well as social and development centres for our communities," Monteiro said.

According to our preliminary study the whole project will cost about US$50,000,000
General secretary of the Mozambique Football Federation Manuel Monteiro

"Aside from the sporting facilities we will be building other social infrastructures such as hospitals, schools and other entertainment facilities.

"In Maputo, we intend to build 4,000 housing units, some of which will be sold at a later date, and others will become part of the federation's real estate possessions."

Monteiro also said that there are plans to build three brand new stadiums for the event.

"The last stadium built in Mozambique was more than 40 years ago, which is the Mashaba stadium and is used as the national stadium but it belongs to the national railways company," he explained.

"So we plan to build a 40,000 seater stadium in Maputo as well as new ones in the northern city of Nampula and in the central city of Manica, each with a capacity of between 20,000 and 21,000.

"According to our preliminary study the whole project will cost about US$50,000,000.

"The money for the sports facilities will come from the government, but we have had to prove that we have ways of maintaining and paying back the investment.

"The other infrastructure such as the commercial centre we hope to rent out or sell to private businesses, while the schools will be maintained along with the ministry of education or private entrepreneurs."


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