Mozambique is one step closer to getting a new national stadium following an agreement between the ministry of youth and sport and the publicly-owned electricity company EDM for the supply of electricity to the construction site, state news agency AIM reports. A similar agreement for the supply of water should follow in due course.

The 42,000 seat stadium is to be built in Zimpeto on the outskirts of the capital. Plans still have to be finalised, but if all goes according to schedule construction should get underway by the end of this year and be completed by 2010, in time for the football World Cup in neighbouring South Africa. Mozambique is hoping to enjoy some spin-offs from this event including an increase in the number of visitors to the country and the hosting of associated sporting events. Building is being financed and carried out by a Chinese company. The structure will be the country