The construction of the multi-million kwacha Kasungu and Mangochi stadia has been completed meaning the facilities could be ready to host matches, mostly for regional football leagues when next season kicks off in April this year.
The stadia are among the five which Local Development Fund (LDF) is constructing using funding from KFW, a Germany Development Fund. Others are in Mulanje, Karonga and Rumphi.
After inspecting Mangochi Stadium with reporters on Friday, LDF Development Communication Specialist Booker Matemvu said what remains is that they stadia should be officially opened.
“The two stadia are almost ready. The contractors are just doing the small final touches but the work is almost done,” he said. “I think by the end of this month they will be officially opened and handed over to the district councils for use,” he said.
The stadia, according to Matemvu, are meant to improve sports at grassroots level and help the council use sports to generate revenue.
“If we are to improve sports in the country we need to empower the grassroots with good facilities and these projects are part of that empowerment,” he said of the stadiums with fully furnished dressing rooms, terraces, levelled natural turfed pitches, VIP stands and fences.
Meanwhile, Mangochi Town Council Chief Executive Officer Selina Chimphamba believes that the stadium will attract top Super League teams.
“It is a magnificent stadium and we hope that teams like Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets will be attracted to play here because they will be assured of high patronage. People love football here,” she said. n