The Chinese government-funded Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe might not be ready for use this year, Malawi National Council of Sports executive secretary, George Jana, has indicated.
Jana commented on the opening of the stadium when asked wide ranging issues pertaining to continued gate fraud and measures the council was taking to arrest the same.
He added that there is need to install at the stadium electronic gadgets to ensure transparency in gate revenue. Domestic football clubs complain of gate revenue fraud.
“We do not want the new stadium to open without the new system. The handover is in November, but the opening could be next February,” Jana said, adding that the installation of the electronic gadgets is not part of the Chinese project.
Grace Chiumia, Minister of Youth and Culture, yesterday confirmed that the actual opening of the stadium might take time.
“All we have is an assurance from the contractors and the Chinese Embassy that they are ready to hand it over to us next month. They even indicated that they can do that earlier,” Chiumia said.
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