The Malawi government has handed over land to the country’s two big clubs Nyasa Big Bullets Football Club and Be Forward Wanderers Football Club for the construction of their stadiums in Blantyre.
In January this year, the state president professor Arthur Peter Muthalika pledged to construct stadiums for the two clubs and as per the pledge, through the Blantyre City Assembly 6.3 hectors of land has been given to Nyasa Big Bullets Football Club at Man Men growth center along the Chikwawa load while Be Forward Wanderers Football Club has been allocated 5.7 hectors of at Kanjedza forest opposite Blantyre Teachers Training College.
Grace Chiumia who is the minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development handed over the sites to the two clubs and said allocation of land to the clubs is a sign that the president lives to his promise.
“Today am excited that what the president professor Arthur Peter Muthalika promised is to be fulfilled with the first step being identifying land for the construction of the stadiums and am happy to report to the nation that the land has been identified and has been handed over to the two clubs.
“We had people who said this is happening because of political reasons as we are going towards erections but as far as I know the president he fulfills what he has promised “, Chiumia said.
Speaking after receiving the land, Nyasa Big Bullets Football Club Chief Executive Officer Fleetwood Haiya thanked the president professor Arthur Peter Muthalika for providing the club with what they have been wanting for a long time.
“With this step for us to get the land, we feel we will receive what the president promised. I thank the president not forgetting the ministry, National Sports Council, the City Assembly and every stakeholder that has fought to this far and as we are the people’s team we feel the president hears what his people want as the previous governments gave us a deaf ear”, Haiya said.
On the other hand, Be Forward Wanderers Football Club chairperson Gift Mkandawire said he is happy that the will soon have a place to call home.
“As Wanderers we are excited as we have wanted this for a very long time and we had no dought as it was a public promise and today we are happy to receive the land and we will soon have a place to call home “, Mkandawire said.
Since their establishment, the two clubs have not had Stadiums of their own and have been using the Kamuzu Stadium or other Stadiums as their home ground for their games.