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Fans avoid Kamuzu Stadium toilets

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

Kamuzu Stadium management has voiced out sanitation concerns after growing frustrated with football fans who opt not to use the sports facility’s toilets.

This follows an in-house mini-postmortem which the stadium’s management held to examine operations of the soccer mecca since its re-opening last year.

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According to the mini report, suspected Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers supporters are among the culprits.

The stadium’s manager, Ambilike Mwaungulu, said it was a bad habit and setback for fans to avoid using the toilets.

“As stadium management, we do everything possible to provide loo services including toilet paper. However, some users, especially men, choose to keep urinating on the walls in the front of toilets despite seeing wide open ablution blocks with running water in them following renovations carried out several months earlier,” Mwaungulu said.

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He said they were yet to make formal complaints to clubs, particularly Bullets and Wanderers, having approached them verbally on the same.

“Our appeal to all stadium users is that they should help us in sensitising and policing their colleagues who pee on walls outside the stadium especially under open stands,” Mwaungulu said.

Wanderers Supporter s Chairperson, Mervin Nkunika, said they would take measures to address the issue.

 “We have not been approached yet but we will discuss with fellow supporters to refrain from such habits because this is the only reliable facility we have and we need to conduct ourselves in an appropriate manner. There is need for all of us to join hands in ensuring that surroundings at the stadium are clean and tidy at all times,” Nkunika said.

Bullets Supporters Secretary, Mabvuto Chibambo, said it was a tricky issue which required sober minds to solve.

“Maybe, to begin with, we need to find out from the people who use the toilets whether this happens. We need to appreciate the reasons that force them to pee on the walls. I do not think any upright man can use the walls when the toilets are clean.

“Another reason could be that the toilets might be overcrowded with people at half time. This forces spectators to relieve themselves in the quickest way possible. Therefore, we need to check whether the toilets are clean always. The stadium gets a 25 percent cut from gate takings; so, they should be using part of the money to clean the facilities so that they should be usable,” he said.

Kamuzu Stadium is the oldest match venue which hosts big local and international matches, with a reduced capacity of about 14,000 spectators.

It was closed for renovations that took about two years and was re-opened halfway through the 2018 season to help Blantyre-based teams reduce travel expenses.

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