Zomba city council will have to wait longer before renovation work for the Zomba stadium finishes as it has been affected by the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
The council started renovating the stadium after Red Lions football club which is based in the city was promoted back into the TNM super league after playing in the Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) league in 2019 and are likely to use the stadium as their home ground during the 2020/21 season expected to kick off in August.
According to the council’s public relations officer Mercy Chaluma, they are likely not to meet the planned June 2021 deadline for the renovations due to a number of challenges they have faced.
“The coronavirus pandemic has affected renovation works of the Zomba stadium. With the impending lockdown in the country, the contractor demobilized from the site and since then the progress has been very slow as they cannot bring more people at the site due to the pandemic.
“We planned to finish the first phase of renovating the stands by October this year with all work at the site to finish in June 2021 but the constructor has already given signs that it will not be finished within the planned time. So once the coronavirus pandemic is gone, we should go back to the drawing board and see how much time can be added to finish everything at the stadium,” she said.
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