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The long wait is finally over. Malawians can now proudly boast of a top football facility as the Bingu National Stadium (BNS) will be handed over to government in Lilongwe today.

Minister of Transport and Public Works, Malison Ndau, confirmed that the multi-billion kwacha Chinese government-funded stadium will be handed over to the Ministry of Sports and Culture.

The state-of-the-art sports arena has missed several deadlines as it was dogged by fluctuations in the exchange rate of the kwacha and theft of various items such as pipes.

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“There is no way we can hand over a structure that is not complete. As the minister responsible, I can proudly tell my fellow Malawians that the Bingu National Stadium is ready,” Ndau said.

However, the stadium is not available for any activities until President, Peter Mutharika, inaugurates it.

Ndau said after the handover, the Ministry of Sports will make arrangements as to when Mutharika will open the stadium officially.

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Ministry of Sports spokesperson, Christopher Mbukwa, said the new stadium will relieve pressure on Kamuzu Stadium, which hosts high-profile matches.

The news comes at a time when Football Association of Malawi had indicated that it would ask government to close Kamuzu Stadium because the lifespan of its artificial turf expired last year.

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