Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has questioned Zomba City Council’s plans to open Zomba Stadium on July 31 this year.
ZCC proposed to open the facility, which is still under construction, to generate funds to complete the project.
However, Fam’s Club Licencing Manager Casper Jangale said a lot needs to be done before opening the 20,000-seater stadium.
“Indeed, there is commendable progress on the project but the stadium cannot be opened because the pitch is not fit to host a Super League game.
“The pitch has not met Fifa standards and spectators’ stands are not yet completed. I think the city council should divide the remaining works in phases,” he said.
Zomba City Mayor Davie Maunde said they wanted to open the facility due to public outcry to have the K4 billion project completed.
“Yes, we proposed to open, having been closed for over five years. We are thankful to Fam for the directions given to us. We are going to follow them,” he said.
Last year, the Ministry of Local Government indicated that the delayed project was in need of K2.4 billion to be completed.
There has been pressure mounting, following delays to open the facility, which is a possible home for Zomba-based Super League side, Red Lions.
Once completed, the stadium would have a football pitch, running track, volleyball and netball courts.