Minister of Sports, Francis Phiso has assured Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets that government will fulfill its promise of constructing stadia for the two teams as it has allocated funds meant for the initiative in the 2019/2010 budget.
President Peter Mutharika promised during campaign period that his government would construct training arenas for Malawi’s two oldest teams.
The former Minister of Youth, Labour, Sports and Manpower Development, Grace Chiumia already presented the land identified for the project to the teams.
Phiso made the assurance when he presented the K10 million to officials of the two teams at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre.
Wanderers and Bullets were promised K5 million each during the 55th Independence Celebrations at Kamuzu Stadium two weeks ago.
“Let me assure the teams that the government will honour the stadium pledge. You know we are operating on a provisional budget, but in September it’s when Parliament will deliberate on the 2019/2020 budget which our Ministry has included allocation for the stadia.
“Let me just plead with the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS), Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and the two teams to meet and discuss the way forward especially on the plans in terms of designs and other things so that we should move together,” Phiso said.
Wanderers was represented by its chairperson Gift Mkandawire and Bullets administration manager, Gift Chigoga and the two utilized the function to remind the Minister on the stadium projects.
Despite being the oldest teams in the country, the Nomads and Bullets are some of the teams with no training stadia and use Kamuzu Stadium as their ground.
Bullets were allocated land at Moneymen ground while Wanderers will have their stadium built at Soche around Kanjedza forest.