Blantyre-based TNM Super League teams should look elsewhere for match venues in the new season as the government has tasked Malawi National Council of Sports and Football Association of Malawi with looking for alternatives to Kamuzu Stadium.
Sports Minister, Henry Mussa, said the two bodies are working on several temporary options while the government continues with plans to replace the stadium.
Mussa said the soccer mecca will be demolished and replaced with a modern facility as pledged by President Peter Mutharika during the opening ceremony of the Limbe section of the Masauko Chipembere Highway last year.
“Kamuzu Stadium is a death trap. As Minister of Sports, I will be meeting officials from Blantyre City Council so that we can start working on plans for the project. The plans include hotels and other tourist attraction facilities,” Mussa explained.
He said identification and preparation of the alternative match venues will require a lot of money and time, hence the need for all stakeholders in the football fraternity to be patient.
Mussa spoke of venues like BAT Ground, Chiwembe Technical Centre and Surestream Stadium as possible grounds for Blantyre teams in the absence of Kamuzu Stadium.
“I am not very sure about the state of Surestream and Chiwembe [stadiums]. It would be good if the two are in the right shape to host Super League matches right now. I passed through BAT and we all know that it badly needs maintenance. But as government, we are working on something,” he said.
Chiwembe and Surestream stadiums played host to several Super League, Southern Region Football League and cup matches towards the end of last season.
Recently, Nyasa Big Bullets Chairperson, Noel Lipipa, said his club is looking for an alternative ground to host their matches with the uncertain future of Kamuzu Stadium.
Bullets and their bitter rivals, Be Forward Wanderers, have been using the stadium for both training and matches for many years.
The stadium’s Manager, Ambilike Mwaungulu, recently told The Daily Times that routine maintenance works are conducted on the old facility regularly but was yet to get instructions from the ministry on any immediate plans.
“The ministry has the final say. If we get instructions to close the stadium, we will comply. But for now, we have not been told anything on the way forward,” Mwaungulu said.
Closure of Kamuzu Stadium will greatly affect match revenue as all the considered alternatives have very limited capacity
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