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Caf unhappy with Kamuzu Stadium

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Alfred Gunda

Confederation of African Football (Caf) has expressed disappointment with the poor state of Kamuzu Stadium which hosts most of Malawi National Football Team’s matches.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) had asked Caf to allow Malawi National Football Team to host Uganda at the soccer mecca in a return match of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on March 29.

Caf had ordered all member associations to send videos and pictures depicting the status of their stadiums ahead of match days five and six in Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying campaign.

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However, in a letter dated February 28 2021, Caf noted that Kamuzu Stadium required general renovation works.

“We confirm receipt of the stadium report, photos and video evidence of Kamuzu Stadium. Unfortunately, based on the report, it is noted that the stadium continues to lack several criteria and requirements required by Caf in order to properly host international competitions.

“We would like draw your attention to the identified main points to be addressed in the coming period by your federation in order to guarantee that the stadium is maintained in the list of Caf-approved CAT 3 stadiums,” reads part of the letter from Caf acting General Secretary Abdelmounaim Bah.

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The continental football governing body also observed that the dressing rooms are in poor state, saying that they are required to be of high standard with appropriate seats and lockers.

The facilities in the stadium are not up to the required Caf standards. The stadium needs to be mordenised and brought up to the international standard requirements,” reads the letter.

Caf warns that, in future, should Fam ignore the recommendations, there will be punishment including playing home matches away and fines.

Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda admitted that the facility requires general renovation.

“We have submitted the report from Caf to stadium owners who are Malawi Government. Caf is emphasising quality of stadiums because the matches will be beamed live on television,” Gunda said.

Kamuzu Stadium Manager Ireen Zilinda- Mkoko said she would comment after meeting Fam officials.

The association is hoping to get a waiver from the government to host the match despite Covid restrictions.

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