Lilongwe City Council has unveiled plans to refurbish Lilongwe Community Centre ground into a modern sports facility.
The facility has a rich history having hosted several international games in the 1970s and 1980s but has been in a state of disrepair for many years, forcing Super League teams to overlook it for their games.
Council spokesperson, Tamara Chafunya, said plans were underway to turn the ground into an arena that would host various sports disciplines.
“We have engaged the Private Partnership Commission on this. We have developed a proposal for a modern car park, an amphitheatre, a library for both minority and major sporting activities and a gymnasium.
“We will also improve the hall so that it hosts events on a commercial scale. So when the concept is approved, we will have a modern Lilongwe Community Centre which will be for all sports disciplines,” Chafunya said.
Former Football Association of Malawi general secretary, George Kaudza Masina, has described the plan as brilliant.
“This facility has the potential to be a money spinner. The match venue used to host high profile Super League matches and it is the same facility that used to host many boxing events. Refurbishing it into a modern sports facility will be great news for, not only people of Lilongwe, but also the entire country as it will become a perfect home for sports activities,” Kaudza Masina said.
Malawi Professional Boxing Association President, Lonzo Zimba, described the move as a welcome development.
“Lilongwe Community Centre ground is an ideal location for all sporting disciplines including boxing. It is centrally located and has plenty of space for parking. We will be glad to see the place renovated into a modern facility,” Zimba said.
The sports fraternity cried foul when the council announced plans to turn the facility into a makeshift market to ease congestion in the city.
The move was taken as one of the preventive measures against the spread of coronavirus.
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