The second leg of the Bus Ipite Bonanza, involving B e Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets, will be played at Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in Lilongwe on January 2.
The rematch was slated for Civo Stadium in Lilongwe, but the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development has given organiser, Luso Television, the go-ahead for the match to take place at the facility as part of pre-opening activities.
The actual launch of the stadium is on January 28.
The ministry’s Spokesperson, Simon Mvundula, said the organising committee approved the decision.
“The organising committee made a recommendation that the facility should host a game or two before the launch to test the pitch. The match will give us a clear picture of the pitch so that if there are problems on the facility, we can sort them before the launch,” Mvundula explained.
However, Mvundula said the committee was expected to meet Luso TV officials yesterday.
Details show that the facility will also host another clash between Silver Strikers and Bullets on January 6.
Luso TV Station Manager, Dick Juma, Tuesday also confirmed that they were finalising arrangements with government to have the match played at the facility.
Wanderers’ vice- Chairperson, Gif t Mkandawire, said it would be an honour to play at the facility.
“We wanted to give respect to Bullets, but if we play at BNS then we will be left with no choice but double what we did on Monday,” Mkandawire said.
Bullets’ Team Manager, Rahim Ishmael, promised that his side will turn around the tables at the new facility.
“It is good news to play at the new stadium, and no doubt, we will pull a shocker in the second leg,” he said.
Wanderers are in pole position to win the bus after winning the first leg 3-0, courtesy of Jafali Chande’s brace and Joseph Kamwendo’s goal.
The facility was constructed with a concessional loan from the Chinese Government to the tune of $65 million(about K29 billion) payable in 20 years with a grace period of seven years and an annual interest rate of two percent.
The stadium will be home to Malawi National Football Team, the Flames, after Kamuzu Stadium was certified unfit to host international games.
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