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BY MPHATSO NKUONERA,
MANA:

Civil Sporting Club will host Silver Strikers at Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in Lilongwe on July 5 as part of Lilongwe City Council’s (LCC) commemoration of the country’s 54th Independence Anniversary.

Stallichi Mwambiwa, LCC Acting Director of Administration and Chairperson of the city’s July 6 celebrations, said the friendly would be among the day’s main events.

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“I would like to inform Lilongwe City residents that on July 5, the two teams will battle it out for the bragging rights of the city,” Mwambiwa said.

He promised tight security at BNS where a game between Silver and Nyasa Big Bullets, on July 6 last year, led to the death of eight people in a stampede.

“We are aware of what happened when lives of innocent people were lost. We are planning to open the gates early so as to enable free flow of people.

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“We are working hand in hand with BNS management to open the gates early. After a military parade at the BNS, we will conduct special prayers, asking God to continue comforting the bereaved families,” Mwambiwa said.

BNS Manager, Eric Ning’ang’a, has since appealed to communities around the facility to take care of their children so as to avoid a repeat of the stampede.

“We have put in place security measures but children require extra attention; hence, my humble appeal to the parents around BNS to take care of the children,” he said.

Civil and Silver will meet for the third time this season after they played in a friendly in Dowa District and in the Airtel Top 8 quarter-final match at the same venue.

The Lilongwe rivals are yet to meet in the league this season.

Last season, Silver claimed a double over Civil in the league. Silver lead the league’s log table with 23 points from 10 games whereas Civil are on third-place with 19 points from 10 games.

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