TNM Super League side Premier Bet Wizards are set to sign an agreement with Mulanje District Council over the use of the yet-to-be-opened Mulanje Stadium Tuesday.
Wizards’ General Secretary, Harold Dzuwa, said the move will enable the team to generate a support base outside Blantyre where it has been operating from ever since.
“We are the first team to secure the new stadium as our home ground. We will be playing our league and cup games there. We want communities in Mulanje, Thyolo and Phalombe to own the team by patronising all its games in large numbers,” Dzuwa said.
The development means that Wizards have opted out of Blantyre’s Surestream Stadium and Kalulu Stadium in Nchalo which were their home grounds last season.
Mulanje District Council Director of Planning and Development, Humphrey Gondwe, said the stadium is open to any team wishing to use it.
He said the district has a vibrant soccer-loving community which has been longing to watch Super League teams playing at the venue.
“The stadium has very beautiful surroundings in addition to facilities like shower rooms, toilets and dressing rooms. We also have a running track for athletics. In the near future, we will be putting up other facilities to accommodate games like basketball, netball and volleyball,” Gondwe said.
He said the council is still engaging other stakeholders to ensure that the stadium is put to maximum use for the generation of resources to sustain its operations, hence contributing to revenue for services to the people of Mulanje District.
The stadium was built under the Local Development Fund (LDF) which is also overseeing construction of other match venues in Karonga, Rumphi, Kasungu and Mangochi.
LDF Head of Communication Unit, Booker Matemvu, said such projects aim at building capacity for local authorities to generate resources for their daily operations
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