Gabon’s Amitie Stadium converted to classrooms

The stadium where the 2012 Afcon final was played will now be opened to high school students for lectures following lack of sufficient classrooms in the central African nation

The Amitie Stadium in Libreville, Gabon, where Zambia and Ivory Coast locked horns on February 12 during the final of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, has been temporarily transformed to a high school where some 2,200 students will be taking lectures for the time being, officials said on Thursday.

The Agence Nationale des Grands Travaux (ANGT), which handles all construction works financed by the central African state, said the measure was to save thousands of students from staying at home at the beginning of the new school year following the insufficiency of classrooms in public schools.

The agency did not say how long the students would use the facility or how it would affect sporting events.

The stadium’s media halls, restaurants, cafés, meeting centres and other halls now have blackboards installed with chairs for students, while the training and playing pitches will serve as playground for the students during break time, the agency said.

Besides the final of the 2012 Afcon, Group C games were also played at the stadium as well as one quarterfinal game and one semifinal.