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‘Civo Stadium closure will not affect league’

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Tiya Somba -Banda

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) is confident that the closure of Civo Stadium will not affect the 2022 TNM Super League season which is slated to end early November.

Civo Stadium has been closed for renovations ahead of the 2022 Region 5 Youth Games which the country will host in December.

“I write to inform you that Civo Stadium will be closed for maintenance from 18th July, to 31st October, and reserved for Region 5 Games from 1st November to 12th December 2022. During this period, no sports activities will be allowed at the stadium,” read part letter which Civil wrote to Kamuzu Barracks who also use the venue.

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However, Sulom President Tiya Somba Banda admitted to have been inconvenienced by the development as the facility is the home ground to both Civil and Kamuzu Barracks.

“We should accept that the development has slightly inconvenienced us but we will have to do with the alternative venue which Civo have proposed.

“We are also hearing that they are talking to Fam [Football Association of Malawi] on the possibility of using Champions Stadium in Mponela. So with this development we are not going to be affected by the closure of Civo Stadium in terms of fixtures,” Somba Banda said.

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Meanwhile, Fam Club Licencing and Compliance Manager Casper Jangale said they will inspect the newly constructed Champions Stadium in Mponela following Civil’s proposal to use the venue.

“This week we will visit the stadium to assess progress made. We are going to consider a number of factors for it to certify it fit to host games. Among others we will assess the pitch, fence, waterway, dressing rooms, stands and toilets,” he said.

Earlier on, Civil General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula said besides Champions Stadium, they were also considering Nankhaka and Dedza stadiums as other possible options.

“We seriously want to use Champions Stadium on two factors one is to increase our fan base and the other reason is a financial factor. We believe Mponela can help us generate higher revenue than the other stadiums,” Chiwaula said.

Champions Stadium owner Msayiwale Kavina was optimistic his facility will pass the test.

Champions Stadium can accommodate over 20,000 fans and it has a car park which can accommodate over 200 vehicles.

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