Malawi football shrine Kamuzu Stadium to be demolished

Kamuzu Stadium, Malawi’s football shrine in the commercial city Blantyre will be demolished to pave the way for the construction of a new sports arena, Minister of Sports, Grace Chiumia has disclosed.

Sports Minister on Wednesday confirmed that discussions pertaining to the demolition of the old facility and construction of a new one have already started.

Government had planned to renovate the facility but Confederation of African Football (CAF) security officer Nicholas Musonye; said renovating the condemned stands is not a permanent solution to the stadium.

Ageing Kamuzu Stadium to go for complete demolition....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Ageing Kamuzu Stadium to go for complete demolition….Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

He proposed complete demolition of Kamuzu Stadium.

The previous administration of Joyce Banda thorough the then Youth and Sports Minister Enoch Chihana, whose ministry owns Kamuzu Stadium, agreed with Musonye’s observation.

Chihana is on record saying government would   enter into a triple P (Public, Private Partnership) arrangement with a South African company to build, operate and transfer the facility.

He said Kamuzu Stadium will go commercial with government retaining shares since it will still be a public infrastructure.

The current Sports Minister, Chiumia said the stadium will undergo a complete demolition and the plan is to have the new stadium in Blantyre constructed as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, President Peter Mutharika through his press secretary Frederick Ndala has also added weight to the plans to construct new stadium in Blantyre at the Kamuzu Stadium site.

“The initial plan was to build a completely new stadium altogether in Blantyre, but now that some information on the current state of Kamuzu Stadium has emerged, government may consider the option of demolishing the current stadium to put up a totally new structure in that place although this will depend on some technical opinions and recommendations,” said Mutharika.

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38 thoughts on “Malawi football shrine Kamuzu Stadium to be demolished”

  1. VULUNGANYA says:

    Tsonotu onyamata muluchezana apa.Ine niyamkuveretu..Otumbuka ni olomwe muyamlalatizana apa..Tiye nazoni makayamba upandana oleletsa tilipo.

  2. build another stadium and leave that for junior teams bcz we have the smallest number of stadiums in the world.Think twice

  3. chipute says:

    build one in mzuzu too

  4. Brian Bande,BBA(Accounting) UEAB says:

    VUTO NDIYOTI ATUMBUKA KUKOMEDWA NDI KUMALO KUMENE AMAGWIRA NTCHITO,AMAGULA MALO NDIKUMANGA NYUMBA KOMWEKO.FOR EXAMPLE ATUMBUKA AMBIRI AMANGA NYUMBA KU NSANJE AT THE boma.

  5. CITIZEN X says:

    ALL THOSE PEOPLE SAYING WE SHOULDNT DEMOLISH THAT STADIUM I SAY SHUT THE FUCK UP. EVERY WHERE IN THE WORLD OLD STADIUMS ARE DEMOLISHED AND NEW MODERN ONES ARE CONSTRUCTED, WHY DO WE ALWAYS HAVE TO BE THE FOOLS DOING THINGS BACKWARDS, YES PLEASE DEMOLISH IT AND BUILD THE MOST MODERN AND BEAUTIFUL STADIUM IN ALL OF AFRICA, THE NEW STADIUM HAS TO MAKE A STATEMENT TO AFRICA THAT WE MALAWIANS ARE JACKUP NOW, NO MORE SLEEPING FOOLS THAT WE HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST 50YEARS. AFTER BLANTYRE NEXT IS MZUZU THEN ZOMBA THEN MAYBE OUR FLAMES CAN START TO PLAY GOOD FOOTBALL. THOSE AGAIN DEMOLISHING IT ARE FOOLS COZ THE COST OF RENOVATING WILL BE CLOSE TO COST OF NEW STADIUM SO WHICH IS SENSIBLE HERE. THIS NEW MALAWI IS NOT FOR WEAKHEARTED FOOLS OK.

  6. Amutchona says:

    The idea is welcome, however a 40,929-seater Mbombela stadium in South Africa was constructed at a cost of R1,050 Million in 2009/10. Does Malawi have that kind of money when currently its budget is month on month basis? If a Minister is able to agree quickly to demolish a stadium why do they take time to agree to build a road? It took over 50 years to build a 102 km Karonga-Chitipa road at a cost of R700 000 000.

  7. willywill831 says:

    kkk anthu Opanda nzeru amayang’ana chakudya cha lero. Izi ndi some of the many things Malawi should be proud of. RSA is making a lot of money coz of prison yomwe munagona Nelson Mandela, like wise China’s great wall. Ngati boma likufuna kumanga stadium let them choose another side. Kwa ine the stadium hold a lot otherthan football only

  8. I thinking looking at health and safety of spectaters its important to demolish it and the design should be similar the one we have but in a moden way design. Use the demolished concrete for building it to cover cost. The stadium sight is big why cant you also build shops beside is to generate money for it. Build a musium around it to attract peolpe and tourists. if you are just going to build stadium only that will be a loss. Its going to be difficult for teams in blantyre but if fast built then that will be great please put a nice car park similar to shoprite. Even a hotel like the one on cross roads.

  9. Soul Rebel says:

    Y demolishing kamuzu stadium? Mastadium ku Bt akwana? Za ziiii

  10. I gree the point demolish it.

  11. apm says:

    mukamangenso state of the art stadiumuyo ku mzuzu so that mwina naonso nkukhalako ndi stadium yolozeka. otherwise its a welcome idea.

  12. mlomwe wa nzeru says:

    how cn you make history chinthu cha gulu pamene iwe sunasungepo msapato kapena malaya omwe umavala uli ndi zaka eight kapena ten who cn show me? stadium igwesedwe ofuna history we unyamule ukaisiye kwa amako uzikaiwona lets build our city

    1. C. Chilemba says:

      To you Mlomwe opanda nzeru.

      when we say history of the nation does not mean history ya iwe mlomwe opanda nzeru. why do people learn history in school then? haven’t you studied about Adolf Hitler? What contribution did you make to Adolf? What a shame!!!!

  13. Kadakwiza says:

    Everyday we hear is Blantyre that Blantyre this, renovating Chileka airport, renovating Kamuzu stadium. Renovating Lilongwe what, what. But we don’t hear someone talking about Mzuzu stadium or Mzuzu airport yet people of the north taxed everyday. Its time to make secession official once for all. People of the north can’t wait for another 50 years to have development.

  14. Shepherrd says:

    Bravo! The stadium should without fail be demolished because it pauses a threat when it comes to spectators safety.

  15. ng'ong'ong'a says:

    Kodi anthu inu mukuti chani, historic historic ndiye chani. Stadium inaola basi igwetsedwe. Mukuchita kunena ngati it will attract tourists bwanji. Upite ukaone pomwe timakhala ndiye udzanene zakozo…

  16. Tonga B.O.Y says:

    Demolish Kamuzu stadium and construct a new modern multipurpose arena and name it Kamuzu Stadium, what a big deal?

  17. observer says:

    i a gree with 11

  18. Ma says:

    What history? chinthu chikatha chatha basi no reason to keep it in the name of history eyaaa kupusa basi………

  19. Wona says:

    Nothing histolic about Kamuzu stadium. It would not attract tourists, therefore demolish it and build a better one. We already have Limbe which is old, lets improve our cities with modern buildings. Moreover the stadium is occupying too much space at Chichiri.

    1. Wona says:

      The only convenient place for people is where the current stadium is, therefore demolish the rotten structure and build a new one, and the new one should have one or two upper stadia for smaller football events and training. Zoona tikasunge chinthu chonsechija in the name of historic, when we are even failing to make our museum attractive to locals and internationals

  20. Esau Salamu says:

    Osapha mbiri please. Malo ndi a mbiri m Blantyre. Leave kamuzu stadium for historical purposes.

  21. Master says:

    these guys re confused why demolish insteas of keeping such stadium for super league activities????????????????? peter be visionary idiot!!!!!

  22. C. Chilemba says:

    i am of the opinion of constructing a new stadium altogather. Kamuzu Stadium should just be renoverted and keep it intact; because this stadium has some historical background for Malawi as a nation. Do not destroy history, please. If a new stadium is constructed, then it means fewer activities at Kamuzu Stadium thereby prolonging its lifetime. once again, DO NOT DESTROY HISTORY, PLEASE

  23. Mwinama says:

    I do not see the reason why the historical stadium where we got our independence in 1964 from the British colonial masters be demolished.First build another stadium in Blantyre where Bingu wanted to construct one and there after renovate the giant Kamuzu stadium not demolishing it that is killing . Otherwise We need more stadiums in Blantyre.I can not take that.

  24. zandiwawa says:

    koma dziko la Malawi lili ngati munthu wosawuka kumupatsa Malaya anyuwani kenaka amataya akale aja kuyanja anyuwani aja m’malo moti azisithila ndi akale aja. Ma Club athu kuno alibe ma ground wina amvekere tigwetsa stadium yonse. Mungatero simungamange stadium yolimba ngati Kamuzu stadium chifukwa cha katangale. Ine ndikuti yang’anani malo ena ku BT ko.

  25. yuona says:

    I welcome this move madam minister bola musaganizenso zongoisamutsira ku Thyolo.

  26. me says:

    mukufuna kunena kuti malo atheratu mu bt? cholinga mufufute dzina la kamuzu. nkhwizi tho!

  27. jonas says:

    Consider mzuzu stadium as well.

  28. wobeba wanga says:

    THATS THE DPP GOVERNMENT THAT I KNOW. FULL OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS.. BIG UP APM..KENAKONSO ZOMBA-BLANTRYE HIGH WAY LOAD.

  29. Hector says:

    Kodi ku Blantyre Malo anatha? Its a high time the government of Malawi has to start respecting Historical Structures. We have to keep that structure, it has a great sentimental value. Get space somewhere and build the new stadium.

  30. Mpandadzina says:

    I think someone is not thinking normal here. Thats is a historical site for soccer and all other events for Malawi. Are we facing an acute shortage of land in Blantyre? Even munthu wakumudzi akafuna kumanga nyumba samagumula yakale…..

  31. Economist 101 says:

    @ Truck, the Kamuzu stadium can not be used any more, its a danger to spectators. So demolish and reuse the space. I suppose the cost of the demolishion and waste removal is much cheaper that buying a new place and paying off compasation to people

  32. Truck says:

    Why demolishing the Kamuzu Stadium?Instead of just Constructing a new one around Blantyre.

    1. wobeba wanga says:

      IWENSO ULIBE CHITUKUKO ETI? NANGA AKATI DEVELOPMENT NDI CHANI? SO PATHETIC NOTING THAT SOME MALAWIANS ARE STILL BEHIND

    2. GiANT CHIGWERE says:

      U r right.

    3. Wona says:

      Demolish the stadium, it is not attractive, not at all! There are so many histolic buildings in town. As boring as it is.

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