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Mzuzu Stadium renovations stall

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By Bernard Mhone:

Renovation works at Mzuzu Stadium were suspended this week ahead of Saturday’s kick off of the TNM Super League.

Mzuzu City Council (MCC) allocated about K3 million for pitch, fence and toilet renovations with the exercise due for completion last month.

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But when The Daily Times visited the facility on Wednesday, there was overgrown grass and an uneven surface of the pitch.

The only works that appeared to have been completed are toilet repairs.

The stadium is the only facility that hosts Super League games in Mzuzu with Moyale and Mzuni using it as their home ground.

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MCC acting Director of Parks, Leisure and Environment, Yotam Mtafya, said the suspension was due to a breakdown of the vehicle being used in the project.

But he maintained that the remaining works would be completed by today.

“The vehicle had a breakdown and our machines for leveling the pitch and slashing grass also developed a problem. But we have repaired them both and we are hoping that by Saturday [tomorrow], everything would be completed. We have done 78 percent of the work so far and we are on course. Fuel for the machines is ready and workers would be deployed soon,” Mtafya said.

Football Association of Malawi Facility and Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, asked the council to speed up the work as the Super League is about to kick off.

“They started the project very well and I received reports that there is good progress especially on the pitch. Mzuzu needs this stadium and we hope the council will complete the renovations in time so that Mzuni and Moyale can use it,” Jangale said.

Both Mzuni and Moyale management have described the development as unfortunate and asked MCC to speed up the works.

Mzuni General Secretary, Donnex Chilonga, accused the council of negligence when it comes to renovations, saying they expected the stadium to be ready for use last month.

“This is a disheartening development to us as tenants of the stadium. The council always neglects the pitch when it comes to renovation. We started talking about this sometime back and we were hoping that our landlord would do a good job because we pay to play in this stadium,” Chilonga said.

But MCC could still buy time as both Mzuni and Moyale will not play at the stadium this weekend as they are in the Southern and Central regions, respectively.

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