More details are trickling in on the proposed Chinese-funded stadium in Blantyre.
Chinese Embassy director of political section Wang Junchao on Saturday said Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group (Sogecoa), and not Hualong Construction, will construct the 40 000-seater stadium in Soche.
“Sogecoa is a qualified company that has rich experience in constructing stadiums in Africa. It has constructed the stadiums in Zambia, Mozambique and Togo,” Junchao said through e-mail.
Sogecoa, who also constructed the new Parliament building in Lilongwe, are also constructing the Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) in Thyolo.
“The design of the stadium is similar to the Ndola Stadium in Zambia. The lifespan of the stadium is more than 50 years,” Junchao said, adding that “we are looking for a proper site”.
The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports Principal Secretary Alex Mseka earlier told The Nation that the land adjacent to the Soche television satellite was earmarked for the stadium.
Mseka also clarified that Sogecoa are the contractors.