The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture says construction of Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers will take a period of two years to be completed.
In a statement released Tuesday, President Peter Mutharika will grace the launch of commencement of construction of the stadia on Thursday.
“This grand launch shall be presided over by the State President Peter Mutharika. After unveiling of the plaques at the two construction sites, the State President will proceed to Nyambadwe Ground where he will launch the commencement of the construction works expected to be completed within 104 weeks,” reads part of the statement.
“Government realises that sports in particular football, offers good entertainment to the general public, unifies people, promotes good health and is capable of generating revenue for individual players, government as well as other stakeholders.”
Mutharika during one of his campaign rallies in 2019 promised to build the stadia for the two teams. Bullets Stadium will be constructed at Zingwangwa Ground whereas Wanderers Stadium will be at Soche in Blantyre.
Both Wanderers General Secretary, Victor Maunde and Bullets Chief Administrator, Albert Chigoga were not readily available yesterday.
Last month, the ministry identified contractors for the project. China Civil Engineering Construction Company emerged successful bidders for the Bullets stadium whereas Wanderers stadium will be constructed by Anhui Foreign Economic Construction (Group) Company. Anhui constructed Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in Lilongwe which was officially opened in 2017 as Flames Under -23 drew 2-2 with Chinese side Guangzhou R& F.
The two Blantyre giants have been homeless for over 50 years and they use government-owned Kamuzu Stadium as their home ground for TNM Super League and cup games.
Government get 25 percent of gate revenue at the end of every football match in all competitions. Parliament approved K1.6 billion for the construction of the two stadia in the 2019/20 National Budget but the project would cost K6 billion.