Youth and Sports Minister Ulemu Msungama has justified shifting the yet-to-be-constructed indoor court from Blantyre to Lilongwe.
The facility was initially scheduled to be erected in the commercial city but Msungama recently announced the decision to move it to the capital city.
The minister said Blantyre has several government-owned sports facilities which would adequately serve its residents.
“The government is trying to balance the availability of sports infrastructure development. We need to move away from congesting one city with all sports venues.
“We have Kamuzu Stadium, which is just a few kilometres away from BAT Ground. Then there is Blantyre Youth Centre. The Tonse Alliance government is looking at developing sports in all parts of the country. We need to strive towards sharing the cake equally,” Msungama said.
He said constructing the facility at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre would not be prudent as the place is congested.
“The park is surrounded by residential houses and other public and private infrastructure. This makes it unsuitable for an indoor facility. The initial arrangement was that it would be constructed in Lilongwe and we are just going back to the initial plan,” Msungama said.
Netball Association of Malawi Chairperson Khungekile Matiya expressed gratitude to the government for committing to construct the facility.
“As netball, we will be a beneficiary of the court. We have waited for too long and it is time the government fulfilled its pledge. We believe construction of this facility will help us improve our game because we will be inviting big teams to play against our national teams,” Matiya said.
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