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Turf installation resumes next week

Installation works for the new artificial turf at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre are expected to continue next week, following the return to Malawi of ACT Global Sports officials Sunday.

Malawi News understands that the experts, led by Alex van der Greft, left the country to buy materials such as adhesives and glue which run out during the installation process.

ACT local representative, Jossam Namwera, confirmed that they run out of glue but the work is almost done.

“We laid the carpet, lines have been marked and we are waiting for the experts so that we can finish the job. I have been on holiday and I would not be able to give you more details, but once the experts jet in on Sunday [tomorrow], then we will continue with the work,” Namwera said.

Stadium Manager, Ambilike Mwaungulu, confirmed to the Weekend Nation recently that the work was halted after running out of materials.

Van der Greft assured Malawians that installation of the turf would be through by the end of this month.

Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development spokesperson, Christina Mkutumula, told the media that they do not know when the stadium would be opened.

The stadium was closed last year to pave way for renovations, rendering football teams such as Azam Tigers, Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets homeless.

Apart from buying the turf at K400 million, the ministry contracted Pabe construction company to renovate toilets, dressing rooms and the stands at the stadium.

Sports Minister, Francis Kasaila, recently said the renovation of the stadium was meant to allow Southern Region teams to use the facility temporarily while waiting for the construction of a new match venue at Njamba Park in Blantyre.

Recently, Wanderers Vice- General Secretary, Chulu Mkangama, said teams are spending a lot of money when playing all games away.

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