Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa has disclosed that Malawi will playe China in an international friendly football match to officially open the Bingu National Stadium in October.
Mussa said the Bingu stadium will be opened “not later than October.”
He said the government will do “final touches” to do with the sewer system and the electricity system.
Mussa said President Peter Mutharika is expected to open the facility and one of the major events is an international friendly match between the Flames the national team from China.
Mussa said “The coming in of this stadium will help Malawi host big international games and conventions. This will, among other things, help to attract foreign currency that will improve the economy of this country,” he said
Chinese Ambassador to Malawi Wang Shiting also confirmed that they are in talks with the Chinese Football Association (AFC).
“We have already started the process. We have already communicated with the Chinese football authorities and we hope to have our national team play your Flames,” said Wang.
The state-of-the-art stadium has been constructed by a Chinese contractor to the tune of 70 million U.S. dollars, a concessional loan to be paid back by Malawi government in 20 years.
Among other facilities are the 56 lounges where families and sponsor groups will have the luxury of watching live events in private.
It also has a press gallery, a gym and Olympic standard synthetic running track around the pitch, and the playing field is covered with special drought-resistant grass imported from South Africa.
Malawi government named the stadium Bingu National Stadium in honour of Malawi’s former president Bingu Mutharika who initiated the project with the Chinese government.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :