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Stadium Lighting Ceremony

Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Lane is greeted by soccer players wearing equipment received from the U.S. Embassy.

A plaque commemorating a grant to the Mauritanian Football Federation for refurbishment of the stadium from the U.S. Embassy.

 Stadium Lighting Ceremony            

Deputy Chief of Mission, Robert Lane, took part in a ceremony marking the completion of a U.S. Embassy funded project to repair lighting and seating at Stade Capitale in Nouakchott. 

The « Fédération de football de la République Islamique de Mauritanie » received $100,000 from the U.S. Embassy to repair existing lighting and purchase additional seating to upgrade the stadium so the federation and local players can use the field at night and create greater community access to the space.  Nine local informal teams that already received soccer equipment participated in the ceremony and put on an exhibition match to honor the event. 

This project complemented the on-going distribution of soccer equipment (Team jerseys, shorts, socks, shin guards, shoes, warm-up suits, balls, cones, and nets) to 57 football clubs around the country (in Nouakchott, Aleg, Kaedi, Sellibaby, Kiffa, Aioun, and Néma) and constitutes a significant contribution to the efforts of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports to redirect the energies of potentially vulnerable youth and economically isolated communities into more healthy and productive activities for their well-being.