Acute pitch shortage hits hard in Malawi: Clubs fight over venue

The problem of standard sports facilities in Malawi reached the boiling point a couple of weeks ago when Southern Youth Football League teams Namiwawa FC and Griffin Young Stars were assaulted by social teams over MDC Stadium.

Mwenda speaking to delegates.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma

Mwenda: FAM will investigate

The stadium, formerly Surestream Academy was scheduled to host Namiwawa and Griffin Young Stars in a league match but Side B Socials of Chilomoni and their counterparts from Ndirande Club 40-40 claimed they had also booked the venue.

After the youth league teams failed to convince the social teams that they needed to be given priority the elders engaged unsportsmanship behavior beating up the youngsters.

Both Namiwawa and Griffin Young Stars lodged a complaint to the Football Association of Malawi who are the owners of MDC Stadium.

In the letter both teams among others wanted the soccer government body to refund their expenses incurred to prepare for the game.

“Social football, which is basically a pastime played mostly by people nursing hangovers, should not be given priority in terms of scarce venues over league football such as youth football leagues,” stated the letter.

“In this regard we would like to urge to investigate and take appropriate action to the culprit involved in the incident considering the inconvenience this incident have had on our team.”

Football Association of Malawi First Vice-President James Mwenda confirmed receiving a complaint letter from the teams.

But he said the association would investigate the matter.

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