Chitipa District will for the first time sample TNM Super League action if Karonga United, who have chosen Nthalire Stadium as their home ground, replace Chilumba Barracks.
The Malawi Defence Force (MDF) outfit will not participate in the 2016 TNM Super League due to financial constraints and Karonga United, who finished as runners up will be promoted according to Northern Region Football Association (NRFA).
Announcing the plans on Wednesday, Karonga United team manager Bellings Desire Kibombwe said Nthalire Stadium will be an ideal venue because it has the capacity to realise more revenue than the Mzuzu Stadium.
If the plans materialises it will be the first time for Chitipa District to sample Super League matches at the newly built stadium which is 211 kilometres from Karonga.
“We have considered a number of factors when settling for Nthalire as our home ground. Apart from being close to Karonga District, the venue is in very good condition and people in the area love football. This guarantees us that we will generate more revenue from the gate collections,” said Kibombwe.
NRFA chairperson Lameck Khonje applauded Karonga United for choosing Nthalire Stadium.
“The facility is in very good condition compared to other venues now hosting Super League such as Balaka Stadium, Kalulu Stadium and Zomba Community Centre ground,” he said.
Chitipa District Football Association chairperson Lovemore Kawonga has also dismissed that the road to the venue is impassable.
“The road is now okay, visiting teams can travel easily. We thank Karonga for choosing Nthalire because people in the districts will now be able to appreciate football talent being displayed in the high league,” said Kawonga.
however, most Northern Region teams prefer Mzuzu Stadium which is 221 kilometres from Karonga. n