Ethiopia is setting new standards across Africa with investments in sports infrastructure especially stadiums at a rate that has shocked both friends and foes.
The brilliant development is playing a pivotal role in football development across the country with new stadiums coming up every other day.
The latest version is the Mohamed Alamudi Woldiya stadium located in the town of Woldiya.
The ultra modern facility partially funded by the Government and Ethiopian/Saudi Billionaire Mohamed Alamudi is undergoing final touches ahead of its official opening ceremony.
Ethiopia has been tauted as likely host for Africa Cup of Nations and top Caf tournaments for its commitment to build World class infrastructure.
About Woldiya town;
A Large bustling town, it has an estimated population of anywhere between 45-100,000 people depending on who you talk to. It is the capital of this zone and as a result has many zonal level administrative offices and functions. Host to a new University and a lower level College of Teacher Education which predates it, many school-going children also travel from surrounding rural areas to attend high-school and preparatory school here, returning home in the summer.
The town itself occupies a very strategic location being one of the few places in Ethiopia which stands at a major asphalted road junction and so also serves a critical transport function. To the North, the road leads to the Eritrean border, to the South Addis Ababa and on to Kenya, to the East Djibouti and to the West Sudan.
As Ethiopia is a landlocked country, many goods which find their way into shops here and further into the continent originate from the port in Djibouti and have passed through Woldia in transit at some stage.