Time running out on Big Bullets, Nomads stadiums pledge


By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

With less than two months before the May 21 tripartite elections, construction of two stadiums that President Peter Mutharika promised crowd pullers Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers is yet to commence.

Mutharika made the pledge at one of his rallies in Blantyre, saying he wanted to alleviate their problems.


It was not clear if Mutharika would construct the stadiums using government or personal resources.

Officials from the two teams met government officials in Lilongwe on Thursday to discuss the matter. Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Grace Chiumia, said Mutharika’s pledge would be fulfilled.

However, Chiumia could not disclose when construction would commence.


“The project is on course and we had a fruitful meeting with officials from the two teams. As you are aware, land for the stadiums was already identified and we will hand it over in April. Thereafter, will communicate on other details of the projects,” she said.

When contacted to shed more light on the pledge Friday, Presidential Press Secretary Mgeme Kalilani referred this reporter to Malawi National Council of Sports

Chairperson, James Chuma, who said the matter is in the hands of the ministry.

Bullets Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Fleetwood Haiya, confirmed meeting ministry officials but asked for more time before commenting on the matter, saying he was in a meeting.

Wanderers Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, who also reportedly attended the meeting, did not answer his mobile phone.

But local football analyst, George Kaudza Masina, urged the two clubs to be pro-active so that the stadium pledge is fulfilled.

“The President made a pledge and we have to commend him for that. But now it is up to the two clubs to make follow-ups through the ministry and Sports Council,” Kaudza Masina said.

During a joint press briefing in Blantyre, two days after Mutharika made the pledge, the two teams claimed that they have already identified land.

Haiya said they had already secured land for the project at Ngumbe near Kameza Roundabout along Zalewa Road whereas Wanderers claimed that they had earmarked land close to Chichiri Secondary School for their match venue.

The People’s Team’s CEO added that they already had the design of their 25,000-seater stadium and were in the process of the constructing it.

Haiya said the stadium was one of their commercialisation drive projects for the next five years.

The two Blantyre giants have failed to build their own stadiums for the past 50 years despite generating a lot of revenue annually through gate proceeds.

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