Chiwembe Stadium for 2019 season


By Ronald Mpaso:

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has said rehabilitation of the 10,000 seater Chiwembe Stadium in Blantyre will be completed in time for the kick-off of the 2019 season.

Works commenced early last year, with the association upgrading the match facility which used to host TNM Super League games regularly until the early 1990s.


The stadium has an artificial pitch which has been hosting national team and club training sessions until the rehabilitation works commenced.

Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, said rehabilitation is on course to be completed by March ahead of the new season’s kick-off in April.

Gunda said the stadium would be a model for all match facilities in the country and would host matches for any competition in the new season.


“We are making good progress on the construction site. We expect the stadium to be in use for the 2019 season. It may not be that big but Chiwembe Stadium will be unique in its own way. The covered stand is almost done and what remains is fixing the seats,” he said.

Gunda said almost all the necessary components for completion of the works were delivered and the contractor is set to meet the March deadline.

Southern Region Football Association Chairperson, Raphael Humba, described the development as welcome, saying it would ease match venue challenges that teams in the region face.

“We have been using Chiwembe Stadium on several occasions and re-opening it will go a long way in alleviating our match venue shortages. We have been unable to finish our games in time partly because of the shortage of match venues.

“Life has been difficult for us from the time Escom Ground was closed. We would also like Fam to consider making Chilomoni Stadium available so that we can have more options for our fixtures,” Humba said.

The re-opening of Chiwembe Stadium is good news for Blantyre-based soccer lovers as they will have another facility fit to host Super League games besides Kamuzu Stadium.

Chilomoni Stadium could also be an alternative venue for Blantyre’s four top flight league teams.

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