Zomba City deputy mayor Davie Maunde has said unless concerted efforts are made to improve sports infrastructure, Malawi should forget rising high in sports rankings.
Maunde, who is also councillor for Chinamwali Ward in the country’s old capital city, was speaking during the finals of a football bonanza he hosted for the youths in his area.
He said for the game of football to develop, there has to be proper grass root infrastructure in place. The deputy mayor was responding to a question from Nyasa Times on what is being done to upgrade the
condition of Chinamwali and Zomba Community Centre grounds.
Chinamwali ground is bare, coupled with gullies emanating from soil erosion, thereby exposing the players to injuries. Zomba Community Centre ground has patches of grass here and there, with bumpy surface.
“I can agree with you that the football pitches of Chinamwali and Zomba Community Centre have reached appalling status. We need to engage every stakeholder, including the business community or the
corporate world to assist in improving sports infrastructure in the district,” he said.
He said Zomba City Council (ZCC) is facing many challenges such as low revenue collection as a result of city rates defaulters, among others.
In addition, Maunde said his office will engage other city mayors to lobby for a large percentage from gate collection from the Football Association of Malawi (FAM), Sports Council and Super League of Malawi
(Sulom) in order to rehabilitate sports infrastructures.
In the final match, Chinamwali Rangers edged their bitter rivals Chinamwali Stars 2-1 whereas Chinamwali Warriors beat Chayof FC 3-0 to claim third-place.