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Kamuzu Stadium declared unfit for games

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Southern  Region football teams have been dealt a blow as Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has condemned Kamuzu Stadium as unfit for hosting matches.

The condemnation comes a week before the new season kicks off, thereby throwing off balance teams such as Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers who use the venue for home matches.

According to a report from Fam, the stadium poses a safety concern.

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Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, confirmed that Karonga Stadium had also failed the test.

Gunda said the report has been submitted to all stakeholders following a recent inspection of match venues.

He said the artificial turf of the Blantyre stadium expired hence puts players at risk.

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“All stakeholders, including the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) were waiting for the final report on the venues to be used next season and we have submitted them,” Gunda said.

However, Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Henry Mussa, told The Nation Newspaper on Tuesday that Kamuzu Stadium can still host games while waiting for an assessment.

Mussa ordered the Malawi National Council of Sports to carry out a fresh assessment on the facility following concerns which some Blantyre teams raised that its closure would increase their operational costs.

“For now, the stadium can still be used to host matches until such a time that I get a report on the outcome of the assessment,” Mussa told The Nation.

Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda, was not available for a comment.

Sulom had indicated that Premier Bet Wizards would host Silver Strikers at the Blantyre venue on May 6.

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