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Fam mum on Kamuzu Stadium

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) inspector, Mohamed Yusuf, of Kenya is expected to inspect Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Friday.

The inspector will check if the Chinese government-funded venue is fit for international matches—signalling the death of international matches in the Southern Region.

The Football Association of Malawi (Fam) requested Caf to inspect the stadium ahead of the African Nations Championship (Chan) and Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.

Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, did not elaborate whether the Flames will no longer use Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre for Caf and Fifa matches once BNS is certified fit.

Gunda yesterday said the Caf inspector would, among others, check the state of the pitch, safety and hygiene issues.

“It is vital to point out that the outcome of the inspection will determine our future capability and capacity to successfully host Caf-sanctioned matches,” he said.

“As Fam, we have our own Caf inspector but you cannot inspect it yourself. We are hopeful for the better that our stadium will be certified fit.”

It is very likely that BNS will pass the test as International Federation of Athletics Federation recently approved the 45,000-seater stadium for international races.

The government opened the Lilongwe stadium in January. BNS has, so far, hosted the Luso Bus Ipite Bonanza, Wafawafa Big Four Bonanza and a friendly between Malawi Under-23 National Team and Guangzhou R&F of China.

If the stadium is certified fit, the Flames will host Madagascar in the return preliminary round match for Chan at the end of this month.

Malawi, who will travel to Madagascar on April 22 for the first leg of the Chan qualifiers, will also host Morocco and Cameroon from June in the Afcon group stage matches.

The Flames have, since the country attained self-rule, played their high profile matches at Kamuzu Stadium, which has since been condemned with some terraces cordoned off.

Kamuzu Stadium Manager, Ambilike Mwaungulu, yesterday, however, refused to speculate if the facility has been ruled out for international matches.

“In normal cases, the football authorities do write us in advance, say a month before an international match, notifying us of an event. But so far, no football authority has informed us,” Mwaungulu explained.

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