The state-of-the- art multi-purpose Sports Complex under construction in Lilongwe will be named Griffin Saenda Sports Complex in honour of the departed netball icon.
President Lazarus Chakwera declared this Friday when he presided over the laying of foundation stone and inspection of the facility at Area 48 in Lilongwe, near Bingu National Stadium.
Chakwera said late Saenda Senior deserved special recognition for his contribution to netball in Malawi.
“It is therefore befitting that this sports complex be named after a sporting icon who knew how to build a winning team. Griffin Saenda (late) masterminded the global victories of Malawi National Netball Team, which has in turn given Malawi a global reputation for netball success,” Chakwera said.
Construction work started in January this year and the facility will be constructed with funds from the government estimated at K7.7 billion and will be completed in a period of two years.
He further said there was a need to invest in sports facilities and development.
However, Chakwera bemoaned slow pace of some of the projects.
“I want all contractors who secure construction projects under my administration to know that the sluggish pace of work will not be tolerated on any project. Do not fall into the trap of malaise and complacency going forward. Now I have seen the stage at which the work is, I fully expect you will put peddle to the metal to see this done. The young people for whom we are constructing this complex cannot be expected to wait forever. This project must be done,” Chakwera added.
In the 2019/ 2020 National Budget, a total of K200 million was allocated for preliminary works of the project.
The construction of the Indoor Sports Complex will be the beginning of a new chapter in sports fraternity as the country will be able to host international events.
Malawi will host the Region 5 Games next year. Government is also renovating Kamuzu Institute for Sports in Lilongwe.
Once completed, Indoor Sports Complex will have state-of-the-art courts for netball, volleyball and basketball.
The Tonse Alliance government has put the Indoor Sports complex, among priority sports projects.