Malawi government has named the Chinese-funded stadium being built in in the capital city, Lilongwe after late president Bingu wa Mutharika.
The stadium, which is earmarked for completion in November, will be called Bingu National Stadium.
Youth Sports Minister Grace Obama Chiumia confirmed the development and said this is in honour of the fallen leader who initiated the construction of the stadium with a 40 000 capacity.
“The reason was that the late president was the one who initiated this project and cabinet felt it wise and proper to name it in his honour,” said Chiumia.
The stadium is being built with funding from the Chinese government.
The $70 million (K26.6 billion) stadium built in Lilongwe boasts an extendable roof, electronic and electrical equipment, an electronic scoreboard, 110 closed-circuit television cameras and a posh VIP lounge.
Once completed, 85 percent of the stadium will have covered stands with in-built floodlights.
The stadium was previously moved to Blantyre by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) under the leadership of late Mutharika but later President Joyce Banda who took over the leadership following Mutharika’s sudden death relocated it back to Lilongwe.
She laid a foundation stone marking the beginning of the construction of the stadium on 11th July, 2012.
Meanwhile, Malawi government has arranged a trip to Zambia for officials in the Ministry of Sports to learn how to manage the stadium .
China already built a similar stadium in Lusaka, Zambia.
Deputy principal secretary in the ministry, Symon Maliko, said the orientation is to prepare for eventual takeover of the facility from the Ministry of Lands.