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There is a glimmer of renewed hope for homeless Southern Region-based Super League teams following the start of turf installation at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

ACT Global Sports experts, who arrived in the country this week, started installing the turf on Thursday after removing the worn out one.

Leader of the experts, Alex Van der Greft, said they expect to finish the work by early May.

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“I know that Malawians have patiently waited for this moment, but I will do my best, putting all the effort to speed up the work. It is very important that we remove this old turf because it is not recommended for use anymore.

“By next weekend, we will be done with the installation and we will be waiting for rubber to arrive in the country.

“Readiness of the pitch will depend on the arrival of the rubber, but installation will be done by either the end of the month or first week of May,” Van der Greft said.

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On Thursday, Malawi News witnessed workers removing the old turf manually, meaning that the work might take more time to finish, but Van der Greft insisted that it was not a challenge.

Stadium Manager, Ambilike Mwaungulu, refused to comment on the project, saying it was beyond his mandate.

The stadium was closed last season to pave way for renovations, including installation of the new turf, which the government bought through ACT to the tune of K400 million.

The turf arrived in the country in January but could not be installed due to heavy rains.

Since last year when the dilapidated stadium was closed for renovations, teams and fans in the region have been starved of local football action.

Chilomoni and Chiwembe stadiums in Blantyre were also closed for renovations and so is the case with Zomba Community Centre Ground whereas BAT Ground is condemned for competitive action.

The closure of the stadium forced Blantyre teams like Nyasa Big Bullets, Be Forward Wanderers and Azam Tigers to play their games away at venues such as Kalulu and Balaka stadiums.

Last month, Bullets and Wanderers announced that they were contemplating approaching the government so as to lease Kamuzu Stadium.

Wanderers Vice-General Secretary, Chulu Mkangama, has since welcomed the start of the turf installation.

“Our supporters have missed watching their teams at home. Coming back to Kamuzu Stadium would mean increasing our revenue as we also spend a lot travelling for home games,” Mkangama said.

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