Ministry of Youth and Sports is confident that Bingu National Stadium (BNS) will be certified fit to host international games having been barred from staging World Cup qualifiers last year.
The ministry’s spokesperson Andrew Nyondo said BNS was almost ready to stage international games having used over K44 million on renovations.
“The stadium will be ready by the time Caf and Fifa inspectors come to examine it. We have done everything that was required,” he said.
Nyondo said they were yet to finalise fixing the players’ tunnel to increase chances of the stadium being certified fit.
Our findings show that some of the items that have been fixed include PA system, referees dressing rooms, substitution benches and fridges.
The actual pitch has also been maintained but it just needs fine tuning.
However, e-ticketing facilities, which also help in counting the number of spectators in attendance, are yet to be fixed.
Sources at the stadium said lack of e-ticketing facilities would not matter.
BNS acting Manager Ambilike Mwaungulu was reluctant to comment on the matter but said lack of man power was affecting their operations.
“We need about 50 casual labourers to manage the entire stadium. At times, we also have prison guys who come and work here but the capacity is low,” he said.
Last year, Fam spent millions after it opted to use Orlando Stadium in South Africa following the banning of BNS and condemnation of Kamuzu Stadium.
Malawi is expected to start 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in June this year.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.