Answer Private Academy, situated in Dowa District, has invested K20 million in the construction of a football pitch at the school’s premises.
The natural grass pitch was officially launched on Monday as capital city giants, Civil Sporting Club and Silver Strikers, drew 0-0 in a friendly.
It is one of best playing surfaces in the country with natural grass like that of Bingu National Stadium.
Phase one of the project, which lasted five years, included planting the grass using locally available human resources.
The academy’s Managing Director, David Daimon, said he plans to turn the facility into a mini-stadium in future.
Daimon said the second phase of the project will include the construction of netball, volleyball basketball courts, dressing rooms and a perimeter fence.
“We do not have a time-frame for the project because we are doing things at our own pace. We take step by step, but in the near future, we will have a fully fledged academy,” Daimon said.
Football Association of Malawi Executive Committee member, Rashid Ntelera, hailed the owner of the school for the project, saying it was worth emulating.
“He has brilliant ideas which need to be supported. We need to have more people with such ideas to develop the game at all levels,” Ntelera said.
With a makeshift fence, the Lilongwe derby grossed K1.3 million in gate revenue at the new facility.
Giants Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers do not have a training pitch despite getting a lot of money from gate revenue.
Last season, Wanderers pocketed about K50 million in gate revenue with Bullets getting K40 million.
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