Wanderers call for speed on stadia construction

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Blantyre, Mighty Be Forward Wanderers officials have asked government to speed up construction of stadiums for the Nomads and Nyasa Big Bullets following a directive by the State President Arthur Peter Mutharika.

Speaking during a whistle-stop tour in Chirimba in Blantyre on January 20, this year (2019), Mutharika pledged to construct two stadiums for the two oldest clubs in the country.

In April, former Minister of Youth, Labor, Sports and Manpower Development, Grace Chiumia, presented land earmarked for the projects to the two clubs with Bullets getting the Moneymen site in Zingwangwa and Soche site in Manja for Wanderers.

Wanderers’ Chairperson Gift Mkandawire said while the allocation of land meant that the promise by the president was not a campaign gimmick, their expectations are high and hope the project will start soon.

“We are really expecting that in the near future government will start construction of the stadiums even if it is just starting the ground work.

“It will give us a very edging football fraternity. This is one of the areas [where] we want the government to speed up.

“We know that the allocation of the land happened in April but up to now, nothing has been done. Though stadium construction takes time, we are asking for speed on this process and action needs to be seen during this time,” explained Mkandawire.

Speaking on Monday at a press briefing in Blantyre, Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture Francis Phiso said the projects are waiting for the allocation of funds by the treasury after Parliament passes the national budget in September.

“In the meantime, we would like Football Association of Malawi and the Malawi National Council of Sports to meet with Wanderers and Bullets to discuss on the designs of the stadiums,” said Phiso.

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