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Nsanje Stadium to cost over K500 million

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Alfred Gunda

By Mphatso Malidadi

The world football body, Fifa, will pump in about $500,000 (about K512,814,500) towards construction of a stadium in Nsanje.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary Alfred Gunda said the project is under the Fifa Foundation as relief support towards communities affected by Cyclone Idai in 2019 and Cyclone Ana in 2021.

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However, Gunda said it was too early to disclose the tentative capacity of the stadium.

“The specs will be drawn once we commence the project design that should fit into the available funds. You will note that what has been approved is a package that we have to unpack with the project design.

“The project will start as soon as we complete the processes as has been carried in the statement,” he said.

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Gunda, in a statement released yesterday, said the project follows Fam’s request to Fifa to consider alleviating the plight of victims and displaced families of the Lower Shire following the devastating effects caused by Cyclones Idai and Anna.

“This led to Fifa sending a special mission led by football legend Yakubu Aygibeni in 2019 and officers from the Fifa Foundation 2020 to inspect the affected areas.

“The approval marks the successful completion of assessments that were made by Fifa that included vetting the project proposal for Disaster Relief Support in the Lower Shire,” he said.

Gunda said Fam will engage Nsanje District Council to co-design the stadium with a view of facilitating a competitive bidding process through a tender that will be advertised in due course.

“It is our expectation that construction of the stadium will start early next year once Fam has completed the due process of on boarding the project with Fifa,” he said.

Sports analyst George Kaudza Masina said it was a welcome development.

“This is a very good development. For a long time we have been talking about youth development and grassroots football development minus infrastructure.

“With the construction of the Nsanje Stadium, this will motivate more youths to venture into the game of football and this is a milestone for Malawi football and youth football in particular,” he said.

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