Qatar to grow 16k World Cup trees

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com­pet­i­tive games.

De­spite Baroka’s cur­rent un­beaten run, their key mid­fielder Jacky Mot­shegwa is not get­ting car­ried away ahead of their epic clash with Amakhosi.

“I can’t say we’re do­ing well at the mo­ment. There are still a few as­pects we need to work on,” Mot­shegwa said.

“We’re start­ing to score goals, which is a pos­i­tive sign. We’ve learnt from past games,” the for­mer Bloem­fontein Celtic star added.

This will be the first ever meet­ing be­tween Chiefs and Absa Premier­ship rook­ies Baroka in the top flight league. — Su­perS­port DESERT state Qatar is to grow 16 000 trees for the 2022 foot­ball World Cup to plant round sta­di­ums as part of the tour­na­ment’s “legacy”, or­gan­is­ers an­nounced yes­ter­day.

The trees will be grown at an 880 000-square me­tre nurs­ery in the north­ern part of Qatar, then re­planted close to the foot­ball sta­di­ums in the run-up to the tour­na­ment in six years' time.

More than 60 types of trees will be used, most promi­nently the Sidra, which has grown in the harsh Qatari desert for many gen­er­a­tions, but also Fi­cus and Aca­cia.

“This is a very am­bi­tious project that we see as legacy,” said Yasser Al-Mulla of the Supreme Com­mit­tee for De­liv­ery and Legacy, the body over­see­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion of the tour­na­ment in Qatar. We want to cater to all the ar­eas sur­round­ing all pro­posed 2022 Fifa World Cup sta­di­ums.”

Water will be sup­plied by a sewage treat­ment site close to the nurs­ery in Al-Shamal.

Al­though there has been no fi­nal an­nounce­ment from Fifa, it is ex­pected that eight venues will be used to host the con­tro­ver­sial tour­na­ment. It is the lat­est non-foot­ball ini­tia­tive to be an­nounced by World Cup or­gan­is­ers in Qatar. Pre­vi­ously they have an­nounced that fans could be housed in Be­douin-style desert camps and as many as 12 000 could also stay on cruise ships dur­ing foot­ball's first World Cup in the Mid­dle East.

Qatar’s se­lec­tion as the tour­na­ment’s host has long proved con­tro­ver­sial with the emi­rate fac­ing a bar­rage of crit­i­cism from hu­man rights groups over the treat­ment of many of its ap­prox­i­mately two mil­lion mi­grant work­ers.

It is also the sub­ject of a Swiss cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how it was awarded the tour­na­ment. — AFP

Wil­lard Kat­sande

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