Nyasa Big Bullets have embarked on an ambitious project that will see the TNM Super League champions constructing a stadium in Blantyre.
Bullets have since said they will apply to Ministry of Lands and Housing for land on which to construct the stadium after the club’s board of trustees approved the project.
Confirming the development, Bullets chairperson Sam Chilunga said the club was waiting for the drawing up of the project’s concept before approaching the ministry.
Said Chilunga: “So far, the plans are going according to plan. We believe that once the land has been approved, we will start immediately.”
He, however, could not give details such as the capacity of the stadium, saying that this will be determined by the size of land provided and resources.
Bullets recently signed a multi-million kwacha partnership agreement with Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC), but Chilunga said the club will not solely rely on the funds from the deal.
He said the club will establish fundraising structures to help build financial capacity.
“The trustees, the supporters and the executive committee will all have their own fundraising activities for the stadium project. We hope that everyone will be committed,” he said.
Bullets’ stadium project comes as the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is implementing the Club Licencing System (CLS) which encourages clubs to have well-established infrastructures such as training facilities.
In the meantime, CLS manager Casper Jangale has welcomed Bullets’ plans as a positive development.
“It is good that Bullets is taking such steps. It’s a sign that after being in existence for more than 40 years, Bullets wants to be a more established club,” Jangale said. n