Malawi’s second artificial turf project takes off

Chiwembe project
Chiwembe project

Malawi will have a second artificial turf after work at Chiwembe Technical and Development Centre project in Blantyre took off Monday.

Football Association of Malawi (FMA) general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda disclosed that the US$500,000 (about K500 million), project would take two months to be completed.

Nyirenda said ACT Global contractors from the US, who handled the first project at Kamuzu Stadium, also won the bid to install the artificial at the ground.

Real Civil Engineers, who are currently sub-contractors for Masauko Chipembere Highway second phase project, were engaged as local contractors.

Mkaka Civi Engineers who did the first artificial turf were not considered.

The FAM general secretary said Malawi was among a few developing countries awarded with the Fifa special project based on their performance on event management, financial prudence and the popularity of the game.

He said the installation of the second artificial turf at Chiwembe would ease the country’s acute shortage of up-to-standards pitches.

“With the artificial turf, I am sure that shortage of football pitches in the Southern Region will be reduced,” Nyirenda said.

He said the association would also built dressing rooms and toilets to complete the Fifa project for it to be in a condition to host top football assignments such as the Super League games.

In a related development Nyirenda also disclosed that the Mzuzu Technical Development would be completed with the construction of hostels installation of kitchen and laundry units.

He said the work at the Mzuzu Technical Development Centre should be completed by I August.

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