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Thyolo Stadium ready December

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Thyolo District Commissioner Douglas Moffat has said Thyolo Stadium would be ready for use in December.

The then Local Government and Rural Development minister Kondwani Nankhumwa launched construction of the stadium in January 2018 with the government setting aside K2.5 billion for the project.

However, the 20,000-seater stadium missed its August 2020 completion date as construction progressed at a snail’s pace.

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Moffat attributed delays in the completion of construction works to lack of funds and challenges surrounding the project design.

“The government allocated K2.5 billion to the project and the money was made available. We, therefore, expect construction works to be completed by December,” he said.

Principal Secretary for Youth and Sports Oliver Kumbambe said making facilities available for sports remains the government’s policy.

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“The stadium will, therefore, help in talent identification, not only in football, but also in other sporting disciplines. This is so because many athletes will be using this facility to hone their skills,” Kumbambe said.

Sports analyst George Chiusiwa applauded the government for the project despite the hiccups it faced.

“This is a sign of progress in sports. It means we are moving forward as a country. It is also worth mentioning that sports development is one of the important pillars of the Malawi 2063 agenda.

“This will help in sports development from the grassroots. But the local council should be advised to adopt proper management mechanisms for the facility once construction is completed,” Chiusiwa said.

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