Newly-built Karonga Stadium will host the first match tomorrow when Karonga United and Luwinga United clash in Fisd Challenge Cup.
Although construction work is yet to be completed, a stakeholders’ meeting attended by Karonga District Assembly, Local Development Fund (LDF), the contractor, the consultant and stadium committee on Wednesday went on to authorise the match to take place at the facility.
Karonga District Council director of planning and development David Gondwe said the facility is capable of hosting matches.
He said: “The current status of the facility is that most of the construction has been completed. What is remaining is the drainage system. The meeting, therefore, resolved that it can start hosting matches starting this weekend with the Fisd Cup game involving Karonga United and Luwinga.”
LDF spokesperson Booker Matemvu said accepting the teams to start using the facility while the contractor is finalising the remaining work ,will help generate funds that can be used for other innovations at the site.
Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) general secretary Masiya Nyasulu welcomed the move, saying it will ease the pressure on the football venues.
On the other hand, Karonga United coach Davie Muyombe said they are ready to face Luwinga at the new venue.