Minister of Local Government, Richard Chimwendo Banda, has revealed that Zomba Stadium will be ready for use in December. The government has allocated finances in the current fiscal year to complete the second phase of the sports facility.
The minister said this while touring the construction of the 20,000-capacity arena that has taken almost seven years to complete. He said construction of the first and second phases will cost the government K4.8 billion cumulatively.
“Being a city, Zomba deserves to have a bigger stadium and we’re aware that Red Lions fail to host other teams instead the team always travel long distances to play,” Local Government Minister said with assurance that the stadium construction completes before the end of this year.
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Significance of completion of Zomba Stadium towards football development
Super League Association of Malawi (Sulom) President, Fleetwood Haiya, praised the government for scrutinizing the construction works of the awaited stadium.
He said it was pleasing to hear the government declaring that Zomba Stadium will be complete by December this year. Haiya, therefore, exhilarated Red Lions to endure in the Super League other than being relegated from the league.
During his Sulom presidency campaign, Haiya promised Red Lions Football Club that he will engage the government on the Zomba Stadium. Additionally, he urged that construction should be completed as soon as possible for the good of football development in Malawi.
Stadium contractor, DEC Construction Company Managing Director, Dan Chale, said the firm is set to complete the works by December. However, this will be achieved if the government allocates enough finances to the company. He, therefore, assured football fans in Zomba that DEC Construction Company will bring their football game closer.
Once funds for completing the stadium are allocated for the second phase, DEC will work tirelessly towards beating the December deadline.