Football fans should take care of Bingu Stadium

A picture, taken discreetly, went viral on social media captured football fans urinating against the wall at the new Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe during the match between arch rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers in a TNM Super League match that was played last week.

Many people who saw the act were disgusted that people could act in such an uncivilised manner as if the facility does not have state of the art washrooms

When it was reported on Nyasa Times how people reacted to such behaviour, the story made more rounds on social media.

In response someone suggested that maybe the authorities should have and implement bylaws that will get people prosecuted without discussions once caught. He suggested that there should be cells to hold the culprits until they are bailed out on payment like what other countries practise in order to deter people from such disgusting behaviour.

Others reported that some fans were seen trying to open the automatic taps and that others banged the vending machines without putting money in it to retrieve the drinks they wanted.

One other person commented that there are electric hand dyers but fans were seen just rubbing their hands against their clothes after washing their hands.

However, someone in the football governing body whispered to me that management at Bingu Stadium open very few toilets against large patronage that such a match attracts.

If this is true, then that’s really pathetic and whoever is behind that idea is very backward and should be brought to book. Why lock out some of the washrooms? What is the motive?

The designers of the stadium calculated, depending on the capacity of the place, how many washrooms should be provided. No matter how small the crowd is, the washrooms should all be opened so that they should be convinient at which ever part of the terraces the fans are.

Why lock out the toilets? It’s like taking off your new shoes because the path you are travelling is full of mud and you are afraid of soilingthe shoes. Come on, people, give the fans the best that was provided for them.

If the rationale to lock out the toilets is to prevent vandalism and abuse, then there should be vigilant survelance by the security personnel of the stadium in collaboration with the police. The problem is that the security stewards and the police tend to watch the match instead of doing their job of being vigilant against violence and vandalism.

The issue of heavily punishing offenders should indeed be considered to deter people from thinking of abusing such beautiful facility. Most of our football facilties are in dilapidated state because of vandalism and lack of proper security.

People dread visiting the toilets at he bottom of the terraces at Kamuzu Stadium because they are so filthy and the fans relieve themselves against the wall. Women wait until he game has restarted after half time so that hey shoukd should relieve themselves they do so by hiding each other using their zitenje.

The fans should be civic educated before every match and at halftime on how to use the washrooms facilities and forewarned of the consequences once caught abusing them. Those caught should be paraded to shame them.

Good people, let’s be civilised and protect our beautiful facility. Let’s own it and take care of it so that we can proudly invite foreign visitors to patronise the stadium and appreacite its beauty. I thanks you in advance.

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Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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People are too casual about it. It is less and less about decency. There are no laws against urinating in public. Even if there are such laws, enforcement would be problematic. In public wherever one goes, there is lack of cleanliness and hygiene that hits the eye – minibus terminals, market places… May be civic education could help rid of the “disorderly behaviour”. In some countries, notably England and Wales, such practices are deemed an offence under the Public Order legislation of 1986. A certain council in England contracted a US based company to manufacture liquid–repelling coating to be used… Read more »
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