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New government to review Bullets, Wanderers stadia

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George Kaudza Masina

Some soccer analysts in the country have called on the government and contractors to consider redesigning Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers stadia before construction commences.

Government, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, already signed deals with contractors to start construction after Parliament approved K1.6 billion for the construction of the two stadia in the 2019/20 National Budget but the project would cost K6 billion.

But some soccer analysts say the stadia were poorly designed. Renowned soccer analyst, George Kaudza- Masina said the design left a lot to be desired.

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“As a nation, we should have done better instead of poorly designed structures like community stadia. Big teams like Bullets and Wanderers deserve good structures. The best way is to increase the capacity of the stadia so that it can accommodate more than 20 000 people,” he said.

The two stadia are some of the projects which will be under review in the new administration.

On his part, former Bullets General Secretary Higger Mkandawire concurred with Kaudza-Masina.

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“We are in modern world but I think the designs were done in a hurry. To me, the two stadia are just like training grounds,” he said.

China Civil Engineering Construction Company emerged successful bidders for the Bullets stadium whereas Wanderers stadium will be constructed by Anhui Foreign Economic Construction (Group) Company. Anhui constructed Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in Lilongwe which was officially opened in 2017 as Flames Under -23 drew 2-2 with Chinese side Guangzhou R& F.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Ulemu Msungama visited the construction sites on Friday, just a day after touring Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) offices.

In an interview Friday, Msungama confirmed the visit to the two sites.

“I managed to visit the sites but I do not want to say much at the moment as I will discuss with officials next week,” Msungama said.

The two Blantyre giants have been homeless for over 50 years and they use government-owned Kamuzu Stadium as their home ground for TNM Super League and cup games.

Government get 25 percent of gate revenue at the end of every football match in all competitions.

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