Blantyre soccer mecca Kamuzu Stadium need to be disinfected before the public can use it following the brief stay of Malawians who returned from South Africa.
Ministry of Health briefly used the soccer facility as a waiting bay for people returning from South Africa, who were waiting for test results of the coronavirus. Several people who were at the stadium tested positive.
Blantyre District Health Office acting medical officer, Dr Zaziwe Fatsani Gunda said the facility should be disinfected before people can enter the facility.
“The virus stays on different surfaces with different number of hours and days, so the maximum days are seven that the virus can stay on the surface.
“But we do not want to take any chance we just need to disinfect to make sure that it is indeed good for use. We cannot be sure until we disinfect the stadium. But we are still planning with the relevant authorities,” he said.
Most players in Blantyre were using the stadium for their personal training as group training was banned due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Football is expected to return to the facility in August after Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Covid-19 Task Force proposed that the 2020/21 season should start in three months. However, Fam’s proposal is awaiting government’s approval.
Blantyre giants Be Forward Wanderers, Nyasa Big Bullets alongside Ntopwa FC use the facility for TNM Super League, cup games and training. Government through the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture own the stadium.
Spokesperson for Sports, Simon Mbvundula referred this reporter to Ministry of Health.
But spokesperson for Ministry of Health Joshua Malango was reluctant to comment on the matter saying he wanted to consult relevant authorities.