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K500 million for Mzuzu stadium expansion

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By Bernard Mhone:

Mzuzu City Council (MCC) has set aside a budget of K500 million for the expansion of Mzuzu stadium’s capacity from 15, 000 to 25, 000.

The facility was built in 1970.

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In an interview with The Daily Times on Monday, MCC Chief Executive Officer, Macloud Kadam’manja confirmed the development, saying they embarked on the project in 2015 and discussions are at an advanced stage with prospective donors whom he refused to disclose.

Kadam’manja said the facility’s capacity was not meeting the current demand due to the city’s fast growth.

“This has always been in our plans to make sure that we accommodate more people in the stadium, especially in the stands.

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We are going to use some of our infrastructure services funds for the extension of the stadium’s capacity.

“We are engaging some prospective donors whom I cannot disclose but they are promising because they have been hearing about our strategic plan and our plans to have our stadium expanded,” Kadam’manja said.

He also said, funds permitting, the council intended to build more sporting facilities to promote sports not only in the region but the whole country.

“People might think Mzuzu Stadium should remain the only [sporting] facility but we should make sure that we have more stadia in our city so that when we have more activities all can be catered for. Currently, we have more teams [from the Northern Region] playing in the Super League.

“We are anticipating that the number of teams [from the region] in national leagues will increase and they would require better stadia. We have a 2030 vision that Mzuzu should have all required amenities including sports facilities,” Kadam’manja said.

Meanwhile, Mzuzu Stadium is being used by TNM Super League side, Moyale Barracks and Mzuni FC as home-ground.

One of Mzuzu-based soccer followers, Emmanuel Lawyer, has commended the council for prioritising sports which, he said, would boost the city’s revenue collection.

“Sports is a lucrative business deal but, in Malawi, we do not take it seriously. Stadium owners get 25 percent ground levy and the council can be generating as much as K1million per game,” he said.

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