Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has shifted the groundbreaking ceremony of domestic football powerhouses Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers stadium projects construction in Blantyre from today to this Saturday.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Francis Phiso said the function, which is expected to be presided over by President Bingu wa Mutharika, has been shifted because some of the key people involved in the process, are attending Parliament in Lilongwe.
He said: “The other reason is that we felt Saturday being a weekend would be ideal for such momentous function.”
According to a press release issued by the ministry yesterday, after unveiling plaques at the two construction sites, the President will proceed to Nyambadwe Priimary School ground where he will launch the commencement of the construction works.
The President pledged to construct stadiums for the two TNM Super League outfits during the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections campaign period and the projects are estimated to cost about K7.5 billion in total.
The Bullets stadium will be constructed at Zingwangwa Secondary School Ground near Moneymen Club along Chikwawa Road and Kanjedza Forest near Blantyre Teachers College for the Nomads.
Phiso said contractors will get down to work immediately after the ground breaking ceremony and that the works are estimated to take about two years.
“The contracts have already been signed, the contractors are already at the sites. So, we are good to go,” he said.
Bullets stadium will cost about K3.8 billion and will be built by China Civil Engineering while that for the Nomads will cost about K3.6 billion and will be constructed by Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Company.
The projects were allocated K1.6 billion (K800 million) each in the 2019/20 National Budget.