Malawi government through the ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development says the coronavirus pandemic has slowed all processes to fulfill the promise they made to construct stadiums for the country’s two big football clubs Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers.
Last year President Arthur Peter Muthalika made the promise to the two Blantyre based arc rivals which followed the approval of K1.6 billion plus allocation of land to Bullets and Wanderers for the construction works.
Speaking in an interview, ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development spokesperson Simon Mvundura said things are failing to move forward as they are struggling to meet with the necessary stakeholders as most people are not working in their offices with the coronavirus.
“The government follows a process and involve a lot of people to give a go ahead on each step. For the time being, the process has stopped as people are not working in most of the government offices due to coronavirus and we are just waiting for approval for the way forward but as soon as people start reporting for work in their offices, we will push for the approval so that ground works start on the sites for the two clubs,” Mvundura said.
Nyasa Big Bullets was allocated a 6.3 hectares land at Moneymen while Be Forward Wanderers allocated a 5.47 hectares land at Soche-manje to construct their stadiums which once completed are expected to reduce expenses the two clubs pay for renting grounds such as the Kamuzu Stadium for training as well as for games.