Bingu National Stadium (BNS) operations manager Eric Ning’ang’a has said the facility is exclusive in terms of its operations that requires to generate own income for maintenance and cannot offer the venue for free to charity events.
Ning’ang’a said this after he snubbed Football Association of Malawi (FAM) over the hosting of Chifundo Charity Shield that will involve Nyasa Big Bullets and Kamuzu Barracks (KB) in Lilongwe this Saturday.
FAM has asked BNS management to forfeit its 25 percent cut from gate revenue as part of their contribution towards the charity cause.
But Ning’ang’a said Bingu National Stadium has costs to meet and cannot be used without paying the recommended fee..
“If people want to fundraise at this [Bingu] stadium, they need to meet our conditions; the facility is exclusive in terms of its operations. It is an entity that requires to generate own income for maintenance and there is no way we can just offer the venue for free to charity events,” Ning’ang’a is quoted in the press saying.
“By the way, who told FAM to organise the charity activity in the first place? Was that not their idea? There is no way we can sympathise with them because despite being a government facility, BNS has costs to meet. For instance, we incur over K3 million to maintain the facility each time it hosts a match.
“Nobody should take advantage of the facility being a government entity to exploit it. We will not allow anybody to encroach into our management system little by little until our operations are crippled,” he said.
FAM has now switched the match to Civo Stadium, which has agreed to surrender their cut alongside Bullets, KB, FAM and Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS).
This year’s proceeds will go towards the purchase of physiotherapy equipment for patients at BeitCure International Hospital in Blantyre.