Central Region Beach Soccer Committee (CRBSC) is set to dump Livingstonia Beach Hotel pitch and start using Kambiri Lodge pitch in Salima District as the new venue to be hosting all its K1 Million Central Region Sand Festival Beach Soccer League games, Nyasa Times can reveal.
The development comes barely weeks after Nyasa Times reported that CRBSC are uncomfortable with the high rate of gate charges at Livingstonia Beach Hotel a development the committee said is greatly affecting patronage of the developing sport.
When asked about the progress of the first ever beach soccer league since its inception recently, CRBSC General Secretary Allie Mwachande revealed to Nyasa Times in an interview that people around Salima are willing to patronise and follow the upcoming sport
but they cannot afford to pay a K3,000 and at times K1,500 gate fee Livingstonia Beach management charges for anyone to enter their premises.
“Looking at the current economic status of our country, most of the locals are denied a chance to watch our games because they can’t afford to pay the gate fee Livingstonia Beach Management charges. This is happening because we have no choice since it is the only venue we can use so far” said Mwachande.
Upon noticing that the games have been on and off Nyasa Times contacted Mwachande again, who admitted issues of ground are still affecting the operations of the league.
Mwachande then went on to reveal that they have now launched talks with Management of Kambiri Lodge to allow them use their ground.
“We are discussing with Kambiri Lodge so that they can allow us to be playing our games at there premises” Mwachande said.
“It is becoming a burden for us only to rely on Livingstonia Beach because whenever they have their activities we are always on the receiving end and we are suffering because there is nothing we can do,” he added
He said there is a need to have people who love the sport watch during the leagues games which he said also increases competition.
“I don think the sport can develop if people are not having access to watch games and appreciate the strides we are making. How could you expect a common Malawian from Salima to pay K3000 to watch beach soccer, thats too much and it is more than what people pay to watch a Flames versus Egypt game.
“They could have atleast allowed the people to watch the games [reffering to Livingstonia Management] and after the games they leave the premises” added Mwachande.
Still more, Mwachande has expressed delightment with the competition and committment among the participating teams.
The Sand Music Festival Central Region Beach Soccer League is being sponsored by Impakt Events through its Director Lucius Banda.
Banda donated to CRBSC K500,000.00 cash and also assisted them to raise the other K500,000.00 through a fundraising musical show which took place at M1 Centre Point some months ago.
It is not known whether Banda will continue bankrolling the league as he has been elusive lately when contacted by Nyasa Times but committed himself when he presented the first K500,000.00.
Malawi participated at the inaugural Cosafa Beach soccer tournament between 9th-11th April 2015 hosted by Seychelles where they finished on second position.
Namibia won the tournament and Malawi was tipped to be the next host country for the tournament.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :