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Kamuzu Stadium hosting matches despite missing important items

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Yona Malunga

The country’s oldest sports facility, Kamuzu Stadium, continues to host matches despite not having several important gadgets.

Some of the gadgets include a scoreboard, which broke down over 12 years ago.

This has left fans and other stakeholders who patronise matches at the soccer mecca without any means of knowing the scores and time.

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A scoreboard is a one of the necessary gadgets at a match facility as it helps in displaying scores and time in a game.

Most levels of sport use at least one scoreboard for keeping scores, time and displaying statistics.

Nyasa Big Bullets Supporters Director Stone Mwamadi said the development was worrisome as spectators struggle to follow matches.

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“Kamuzu Stadium is the biggest and most convenient sports facility in the whole of the Southern Region and it is pathetic that years have gone by without a scoreboard at such a big and historical place.

“A scoreboard is useful for spectators because it helps them follow scores without having to ask anyone. The scoreboard is also helpful when it comes to knowing the match duration,” Mwamadi said.

Former Mighty Mukuru Wanderers supporters chairperson Yona Malunga said the best way for the government to sustain the scoreboard is to commercialise it.

“I appreciate that the government has a lot of commitments and pouring resources into a scoreboard ahead of other pressing needs may not be plausible.

“So may I humbly suggest that they just commercialise it so that it generates its own resources. Companies, individuals and organisations can simply buy and brand it,” Malunga said.

Besides absence of the scoreboard, Kamuzu Stadium is also missing functioning floodlights, making it unable to host events at night.

The stadium was built under British rule and was extended and rehabilitated on several occasions by the government through owners, Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The ministry’s director of sports Jameson Ndalama declined to comment on the matter, saying he was in a meeting.

He referred us to the ministry’s public relations officer Andrew Nyondo, who asked for time before commenting.

Apparently, the scoreboard was functioning at the time the country transitioned from one party to multiparty rule.

Kamuzu and Mpira stadiums are the only match facilities that host TNM Super League and top cup matches in Blantyre.

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