Malawi Super League rookies Mponela eye Nambuma Stadium

Newly promoted Super League side Mponela United FC have declared they will stay in the top flight league if they survive relegation in their first season.

Making the declaration before his departure for a coaching course in Blantyre, coach for the side Benjamin Kumwenda said his first season in the TNM Super League would be the most challenging as the team will be covering some 50Km from Mponela to Lilongwe to fulfill its home matches.

“We will be using Nankhaka, Civo or Silver Stadium for our home games and this might prove a bit of a challenge. But once the stadium project is through at Nambuma, we will start using the new stadium and this is going to boost both the morale of the team and club finances.

“Unlike the stadiums in Lilongwe, Nambuma will be our real home base and the atmosphere there will be very intimidating for visiting teams. On top of that, we will be getting more revenue playing at Nambuma because our fans will be following us in each and every game as opposed to Lilongwe fans, who only come in large numbers when it is Big Bullets, Mighty Wanderers or Silver Strikers involved,” said Kumwenda.

Mponela United supporters celebrate the promotion to Super League
Mponela United supporters celebrate the promotion to Super League

The official gave an example of the deciding Chipiku Central Region Football League games involving his side and visiting teams, which fetched between K350,000 and K450,000.

The stadium at Nambuma is being built courtesy of the Clinton Hunter Foundation town building project which will also see other structures being built in the area by next year.

Mponela FC, which used to be called Adams FC has been using the wooden fenced Mponela Community ground for its home matches but the ground lacks some facilities for hosting Super League matches.

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