The long-awaited state-of-the-art indoor sports complex (ISC) in Lilongwe will be completed in two years.
The government, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, signed an agreement with China Railway 20 Bureau Limited on December 18 2020 ahead of the site handover ceremony to take place today in Lilongwe.
The ISC is expected to be constructed in Lilongwe close to Bingu National Stadium after it was moved from Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre, spokesperson for the Ministry of Youth and Sports Simon Mbvundula has confirmed.
“Everything is set now and the site will be handed over to the contractor on Wednesday (today) in Lilongwe. According to the contractor, the project is estimated to be completed within two years,” he said.
Mbvundula said the facility would be constructed with funds from the government, estimated around K7.7 billion.
In the 2019/20 national budget, a total of K200 million was allocated to preliminary works at the site.
Construction of the ISC would mark the beginning of the new chapter in local sports, as the country will be able to host international events.
Malawi will host Region 5 Games in 2022. As part of preparations for the matches, the government is also renovating Kamuzu Institute for Sports in Lilongwe.
Once completed, the ISC would have a state-of-the-art netball court, volleyball, basketball, shops and offices.
Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) General Secretary, Carol Bapu Tuesday asked for more time when engaged on the matter.
The Tonse Alliance government has put the ISC among priority sports projects.
Former Malawi Queens and Nam sponsor Rach Family Trust also pledged to construct a netball court when unveiling netball sponsorship in 2017 but the project failed to start.
Recently, Minister of Youth and Sports Ulemu Msungama proposed that the facility should be named after former Malawi netball coach late Griffin Saenda Senior, who died on November 26.