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Bingu National Stadium indaba held

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The Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development officials yesterday hosted a stakeholders’ indaba to find ways of dealing with teething challenges experienced at Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in Lilongwe on Monday.

The meeting follows a traffic jam and security concerns that were epitomised by Nyasa Big Bullets’ fan Beleti Severe’s alleged assault of the ministry’s Principal Secretary, Sam Madula, at the VIP section of the stadium.

Severe, who was arrested after the Bus Ipite Bonanza rematch involving Bullets and eventual winners, Be Forward Wanderers, is answering assault charges at the Lilongwe Magistrates’ Court.

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Madula yesterday reserved his comment. He referred The Daily Times to the ministry’s Director of Sports, Jameson Ndalama.

“We condemn this [the attack of the PS] but the meeting did not discuss about that. It was a general technical evaluating meeting that tackled issues of congestion, coordination and control of the crowd,” Ndalama said about the meeting that attracted Football Association of Malawi and the police.

“We submitted our concerns to the Road Traffic Department. The meeting was necessary as Malawi National Football Team will host China on the official opening of the stadium [on January 28].”

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