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‘Lilongwe derby venue fear’

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Questions have emerged on why Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has gone ahead to stage the Lilongwe derby involving rivals, Silver Strikers and Civo United, at Civo Stadium on Sunday, few hours after the venue hosts a high-profile music show.

The stadium hosts Morgan Heritage show from 2 pm on Saturday. However, some people are of the view that the derby should have been shifted to Silver Stadium for the players’ and public’s safety reasons.

Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda Thursday, said Civo had assured them that the venue would be safe for players and spectators.

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Civo Vice-General Secretary, Ronald Chiwaula, Thursday admitted that it would be a challenge hosting the game, but promised that the facility would be ready to host the match.

“People should not be worried because we will start removing unwanted objects early in the morning. We are also working together with the organisers of the show to ensure that we control the disposal of empty bottles,” Chiwawula said.

Silver Executive Committee Member, Lawrence Yobe, said the club also raised a similar concern, but they were assured by Civo management that the pitch would be in good condition.

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“I remember when Silver Stadium hosted them [the music band] last year; the pitch was almost unplayable due to broken bottles. It was worse in the stands, so let us hope tha the situation will be controlled,” Yobe said.

If a match is cancelled at the 11th hour due to poor condition of the pitch, the home team is responsible for the cost of the rescheduled game.

Silver head into the derby in search of their first win of the season having lost two consecutive home games. Civo have four points from two games.

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