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Don’t be overzealous over new stadium

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It would appear that there is high level of expectation and excitement among Malawians with the news that Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe will be opened next month.

There are reports that all the high profile games will be played at this ultra modern stadium which was built by the Chinese government.

Suddenly, our football authorities have started condemning Kamuzu Stadium that it is not fit to host any matches, adding that lack of alternative venues is forcing them to use the old facility.

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This is a facility which was built during the colonial era when it was called Rangely Stadium. The facility was always in good shape until in the late 90’s when government stopped renovating it.

Surprisingly, in its wisdom, government installed floodlights worth at least K1 billion on the facility that they condemned a few months later. It was the thinking which I thought defied logic.

This is a country where some powers that be, stopped thinking long time ago.

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Instead of brainstorming on how some of the infrastructure such as BAT Ground, Kamuzu Stadium, Escom Ground and other numerous dilapidated facilities should be renovated, everybody is thinking of using Bingu National Stadium.

What is difficult in renovating these facilities? If water is expensive, is it difficult to sink boreholes on the stadium sites for watering the pitches? What happens to the 25 percent levy which the Ministry of Sports, Youth and Manpower Development collects from the Kamuzu Stadium?

I strongly believe that Malawi government is capable of building world-class stadiums, but some people like to keep money in their private accounts and let football suffer.

It is frustrating to work with people who have no vision and have no respect for sports.

If government is not careful, Bingu National Stadium will be abused until it will run down like Kamuzu Stadium.

This is a country where people do not respect public facilities. In case there are doubting Thomases, they can visit the government building in Blantyre.

The building is in a sorry state. The walls are dirty, broken furniture, toilets stink and it has no electricity. And yet this is the building that is supposed to be the hub of government business in the Southern Region.

Mark my word, by the time our sons and daughters will start repaying the Bingu Stadium loan to the Chinese government, the structure will be completely run down.

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