Mutharika stops Kamuzu Stadium closure:  FA Malawi says its ‘death trap’

President Peter  Mutharika has directed that Kamuzu Stadium should continue  hosting matches and not to close.

Kamuzu Stadium should not be closed: Mutharika (L) seems to be telling Henry Mussa, Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development

Football Association of Malawi (FAM)  said the stadium was declared unfit due to its dilapidated state, poor sanitary conditions and, above all, the artificial turf which has outlived its life-span.

FAM said the stadium will close  unless the issues that were raised in the assessment report are addressed.

But Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa said on Monday that President Mutharika  has ordered that Kamuzu Stadium  “should not be closed and instead we should do repairs.”

Mussa said this in presence of Mutharika at the upper stadium in Blantyre during the commemoration of International Labour Day.

Blantyre-based giants Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers—who use the stadium as their home ground— on Thursday led the clamour to force FAM to rescind its decision, questioning the timing of the move.

FAM  president Walter Nyamilandu said if they continue to use the dilapidated Kamuzu Stadium, they would  put players’ careers and fans’ lives at risk” due to the condition of the turf.”

Nyamilandu  said in a current dilapidated state, Kamuzu Stadium is “a death trap.”

The FAM boss “the consequences of continuing to host matches at the stadium have far-reaching consequences.

But Mussa said  government will remove the artificial turf and replace it with natural grass “so that within a month, matches can be played.”

He said they would also strive to “fix the structures the soonest.”

Mussa said architects will take a “fresh look” at the facility and then recommend the areas that need “urgent attention.”

He also said plans to demolish the ailing structure to pave the way for construction of a new one as pledged by President Mutharika are still in pipeline.

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10 thoughts on “Mutharika stops Kamuzu Stadium closure:  FA Malawi says its ‘death trap’”

  1. KHATHO says:

    Here comes another chance to siphon money from government coffers in the name of rehabilitating the finished un-rehabilitatable Kamuzu Stadium, an eye sore in the commercial city of Blantyre.

    Here comes another golden opportunity to continue embezzlement of gate collections by gangs disguised as football fans

    Bwana president please accept that the stadium has outlived its life span. The only option is demolition, period.

  2. Gift Radge says:

    Dpp wooyeeee.Tiyen naxo. kkkkk

  3. Kambilonjo says:

    God have mercy on Malawians. Amen

  4. Bibo says:

    Mutharika at his best, fearing to lose southern votes rather than protecting people’s lives and players’ safety. Such leaders of more political mentality than progressive mind are not needed in Malawi. It should be declared, leaders of Mutharika’s brain are a taboo to our country. The man is a fully-fledged failure and always leads from behind.

    The best judgement from a president would be to consult owners of MDC Stadium,Escom Stadium, and BAT ground and agree to have government refurbish those football arenas in order for Blantyre teams to be able to host matches there while Kamuzu Stadium is demolished to pave way for a modern stadium. That is a progressive mind from the man in charge of the country.

    You don’t make decisions based on emotional reaction from some supporters who you believe are your potential voters. You decide what is right for citizens of the city and the country as a whole. Certain decisions are a thorn to a leader’s political career but eventually set up a model of how to govern and progress-they leave an everlasting mark on a leader’s legacy that people would positively refer to.

    Everything with DPP is about politics. I hope the President would be the last mourner in the event of a catastrophic event to the stadium against patronizers of the matches .

  5. NKhutukumve says:

    Zowona zimenezo a president ndithu!…mudikira mpakana anthu ataye miyoyo yawo basi! Chabwino

    1. Ndatopa Ine says:

      Paja zimene amathamangira kulowerera a president awa zimakhala za zii. Akulephera kulowera za ana a School ku Chanco, kapena za Cashgate Chaponda ndi zina zotuluka miyoyo ya a Malawi nkumakalowerera za mpira woti unatha kalekale ku Malawi. Ndipo iwowo sakuziwa kodi kuti malamulo a Fifa amakaniza ndale kulowererapo?

  6. Wandale wamyee says:

    The government should listen. Much as I don’t like and agree with the current FAM executive but on this one they got it right. That place is really a death trap, let’s us not expect miracles. We need the right decisions. The first one is to close the place which we have to accept that it will bring misery to football loving fans in Blantyre but we will have avoided any catastrophic disaster. Second, lets immediately identify a financier, bring down the old colonial structure and build a new stadium. Third, quickly rehabilitate and use BAT, Chilomoni and Chiwembe. Look these decisions should have been made and implemented 10 years ago but the government is very miopic. Scenarios where the government declares national mourning days are not good and can be avoided.

  7. Katongo says:

    Mukukonda anthu apakati mwayiwala ife anthu akuno kumwera, muone ma lipoti / kaundura ngati apakati amakonda DPP, apaseni chilichonse koma simungawasinthe kukonda chipani chawo cha MCP. kodi Chitukuko silichonse chiziyambira ku lilongwe ?

    1. Chimanga says:

      Zilowetseni ndale….. mufa nokha

  8. karonga says:

    Aaaah, onani pachithunzi apo. Simukuziona nkhalamba ziwiri izo? Pali chanzeru chimene chingachokere kwa nkhalambazi? Zoona kulibe anthu anzeru zake kuMalawi kuno kuti atsogolere a Malawi tonse kuti tipange zinthu zamzeru? Kukhala ngati mbewa zatha kuti adzinona tswitswiri? It’s a pity.

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