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Bullets, Nomads fans protest over stadium

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Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers fans Thursday ganged up to pen the government over Football Association of Malawi’s (Fam) decision to condemn Kamuzu Stadium as unfit for hosting games.

The fans asked the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, which owns the stadium, to ignore Fam’s decision or risk a mass demonstration.

“Honourable Minister [Henry Mussa], our concerns on the issue of the banning of the facility are as follows: The ban will deny [us] the right to watch football games at the soccer Mecca, Kamuzu Stadium. Teams from Blantyre will need extra money to use for transport, accommodation and meals [when playing away],” reads in part the letter which Stone Mwamadi and James Chiutsankhondo have signed.

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The supporters also claimed that Fam’s decision to condemn the stadium has come late for teams to look for alternative venues.

The supporters have since asked Fam to replace the Kamuzu Stadium artificial turf with the one at Chiwembe Ground.

“The turf at Chiwembe does not generate any cash for the association. They [Fam] get a certain percentage from games played at Kamuzu Stadium. Fam, Sulom [Super League of Malawi], Sports Council should therefore not take their cuts for the whole of the first round and even the management of the stadium should not collect the whole 25 percent per game,” the letter added.

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“Instead, 15 percent should be their cut per game for the entire first round and the money [should] be used to purchase a new turf and be fixed at the ground during the season’s break.”

On Wednesday, Fam excluded Kamuzu Stadium from the list of venues certified fit to host Super League games.

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