New stadium to be build near Soche in Blantyre not Lilongwe

The much talked state-of-the-art national stadium which is supposed to be constructed by the Chinese government will not be in the capital city Lilongwe as earlier on indicated.

Chinese Ambassador to Malawi,  Pan Hejun, told reporters in Lilongwe that the project will be moved to the commercial city of Malawi, which is Blantyre.

“Actually, we are discussing the venue now. Previously, the Malawi Government wanted it ( the stadium) to be built in Lilongwe , but we have received information that they want it in Blantyre,” Hejun is quoted by The Nation newspaper.

Chinese envoy: Stadium project moves to Blantyre

However, some inside sources have revealed to Nyasa Times that the 40,000-seater stadium will be built in Limbe near Soche Technical College.

Bingu’s decision

Minister of Transport and Public Infrastructure Sidik Mia justified the decesion that it pleased President Bingu wa Mutharika to have the stadium constructed in Blantyre because Lilongwe has already a number of projects from the Chinese Government.

Principle secretary in the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports Alex Mseka confirmed the development .

Football Association of Malawi president Walter Nyamilandu welcomed the development describing it as a timely move.

Nyamilandu said that the construction of the new stadium in Blantyre will bring more revenue as Kamuzu stadium’s capacity is restricted during international games due to security concerns.

Blantyre city has Kamuzu Stadium as the sole realible stadium after MDC stadium is in dilapidated state.

Currently Government has embarked on a rehabilitation project of Kamuzu stadium.

Floodlights are being installed at the soccer mecca,as well as the rehabilitation of the electrical score board.

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