The K100 million (about $275 000) Phase III Fifa Goal Project at Luwinga in Mzuzu opens its doors to the public on Sunday, although without hostels, the Northern Region Football Committee (NRFC) has announced.
Disclosing the news to The Nation last Sunday, NRFC general secretary Masiya Nyasulu said while the technical centre remains uncompleted as it has Phase IV, which will involve construction of hostels, the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) thought it wise to open the facility.
The decision to open the technical centre follows a recommendation by Fifa development officer for southern and easten Africa Ashford Mamelodi, who inspected the facility last year.
Hostels were meant for teams to be camping there and pay a little something as a strategic plan for FAM to raise extra funds.
A visit by The Nation to the facility, whose construction started in June 2011, saw a functional office block, football pitch, water tank and a car park, but no hostels.
Nyasulu said his office has organised a K500 000 (about $1 250) football bonanza and dances to spice up the event.
He thanked FAM executive members, FAM first vice-president Moses Mkandawire and the project contractor Citibec for financing the launch ceremony.
“We have invited Under-20 women football teams such as Gafu United, Luwinga Secondary School, CY Topic Sisters and Moyale Barracks. Men’s football teams include Mzuzu Blackpool, Chiputula, Fish Eagles and Chibavi Warriors Youth,” said Nyasulu.