The Balaka District Council has received a timely donation of 75 bags of cement from the Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) to help in the maintenance of part of the wall fence that collapsed early this year due to heavy rains.
The donation comes as the country’s elite league is just less than a month away to start. There were growing fears from football fans from within Balaka and surrounding areas who watch Super League games at the stadium.
The falling down of the 12-metre panel part of the fence meant that no Super League games could be played at the stadium.
“We were concerned about this and tried to source funding that we help you with these bags of cement that this fence can be rehabilitated,” said MOC General Secretary Henry Sakala.
“We would like people here to watch league games this season,” he added.
With funding from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), MOC has also distributed some relief items to some nine districts which were affected by floods.
Speaking when receiving the donation, Balaka district council chairperson Patrick Botomani commended MOC for the timely assistance saying, as a council, they could not raise money to maintain the fence.
“We are so indebted to MOC for this kind gesture. We are now sure that our people will be able to watch games this season,” said Botomani.
The cement is estimated at a cost of K500, 000. Sakala also said they have donated some 50 bags of cement to Kamuzu stadium to maintain the drainage system which is in bad shape.