Arua Hill Stadium: George Weah and Vice President Taylor likely to grace stadium opening

By Allan Damba

Liberian vice-president Jewel Howard Taylor has accepted an invitation for the inauguration ceremony of the Arua Hill Stadium from club chairman Joel A’ita Jaffer, the club has confirmed.

Football256 also understands that Liberian president and global football icon George Weah has also been invited but is yet to confirm his presence for the event.

Jaffer, who has been in Liberia on an official visit over a potential investment in the country since April 26, 2021, confirmed the news via the club’s official website.

“I invited her(Dr. Jewel) and H.E. George Weah to come during the unveiling of the stadium and watch Arua Hill play live. She gladly accepted,” Jaffer told the club’s website.

The business magnate also expressed more satisfaction at the success of the trip to the West African nation: “They have also given us land in Liberia to build an Eco-city and stadium.”

George Weah is a former FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or winner (1995). He played at a host of Europe’s elite clubs including; AC Milan, Monaco, PSG, Marseille, Chelsea and Manchester City.

The 55-year-old ascended to the Liberian presidency in 2017 and became the nation’s 25th head replacing Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Weah’s pending visit to Uganda should be memorable given his story of how he emerged as a boy from one of the world’s poorest countries to being a world star before taking over the country’s biggest office.

The 20,000 Arua seater will house a playing ground, restaurants, a four-star hotel, a gym, parking space and other facilities.

It is being constructed by Development Infrastructure (DI), and it is expected to be the largest facility in West Nile. It will be home to second division side Arua Hill SC.

According to the construction schedule, the stadium is set for unveiling in December 2021. However, it is unlikely that all the construction will be done by that time after it underwent partial collapse in March.

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