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Council ‘shelves’ BAT pitch project

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BY BENJAMIN MAONA

Malawi National Council of Sports has shelved plans to reconstruct BAT Ground pitch in Blantyre.

The council’s Executive Secretary, George Jana, on Monday said the reconstruction of the pitch will not take place due to lack of funds.

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The Sports Council wanted the pitch located North- South—as is the case with most standard venues— and not East-West as is the case now.

“The plan needed about a billion kwacha and we couldn’t afford it. However, we have not just let the facility to be in dilapidated state. We will rehabilitate it into a playable state. We will also renovate the stands beginning July,” Jana said.

He did not disclose the budget for the pitch rehabilitation.

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BAT Ground is home to Southern Region Football Association (SRFA), which runs the Chitetezo Mbaula Premier Division and Division One.

Last year, the then sports minister, Henry Mussa, promised to renovate match venues such as BAT while waiting for Kamuzu Stadium’s.

SRFA Vice-General Secretary, Kingsley Simbeye, said the Sports Council informed his office about the renovation works.

“Earlier this year, we were looking for alternative grounds to host our games. So, we welcome the exercise because it will also mean our teams will be playing on a good pitch,” Simbeye said.

Recently, Flames star Gabadinho Mhango championed a campaign to raise funds for the renovation of BAT Ground but the initiative did not materialise.

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