By Tiyese Monjeza:
Red Lions have opted to use Balaka Stadium as their home ground ahead of the 2020 season.
Currently, domestic football like other sporting activities remain suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lions officials have been in a dilemma in selecting their preferred home ground as the team also partly used Mangochi Stadium during the 2018 season.
The Zomba-based military side had to select an alternative venue as Zomba Community Centre is undergoing expansion and renovation.
Lions General Secretary Victor Moyo said the team has opted for Balaka as patronage at this venue was relatively high as compared to Mangochi.
“We had a number of options as we earlier suggested a number of stadiums. However, after thorough consultations, we will use Balaka Stadium as our home ground. Balaka has been our second home after the closure of Zomba Community Ground,” he said.
Moyo promised the teams’ supporters that they will see an improved side having signed 14 new players including former Be Forward Wanderers goalkeeper Nenani Juwaya and striker Davie Banda from Nyasa Big Bullets.
Balaka District Council spokesperson, Mary Makhiringa welcomed Lions’ decision, saying they have completed renovations at the 6,000-seat facility.
“Red Lions officials wrote us to do some renovations on the stadium. They asked us to repair broken toilet pipes and part of the fence which had developed cracks. We did all the works. Football Association of Malawi officials also came to inspect the facility and they gave us a nod that the stadium can host top-flight league games,” Makhiringa said.
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