K1.5 billion for Kamuzu stadium renovation

23 June 2017

Government has said it will use K1.5 billion in the 2017/18 financial year to renovate Kamuzu Stadium.

The allocation of the funds was disclosed by Minister of Sports Henry Mussa during 2017/18 National Budget deliberations in Lilongwe. Mussa disclosed that funds amounting to MK1.5 billion have been allocated for the rehabilitation of the stadium.

According to Mussa, the money will be used to replace artificial turf and reinforce the stands at the stadium. He said that the stadium is too old as it was built in 1959 and continued use without rehabilitation is risky.

Mussa also said that government still maintains its plans to build a new stadium in the commercial city of Blantyre. He said the place where the new stadium will be constructed will be identified soon.

Recently, supporters of Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers football clubs were against government’s decision to demolish the stadium before constructing a new one.

This forced President Peter Mutharika to order the sports ministry to rehabilitate the stadium so that it should still be used before the new one is constructed.

However, Football Association of Malawi insisted that the stadium will not be hosting games until it is renovated.