Government has increased funding for Zomba Community Centre Ground (ZCCG) upgrading into a mini stadium from K500 million to K2 billion, Zomba City Council authorities have disclosed.
The adjustment comes after government realised that the project will need more funds.
According to ZCC, the project would include construction of netball and basketball courts.
“The mini stadium was initially expected to cost K500 million, but looking at the works that are supposed to be done, it pleased government to increase the funding to K2 billion,” the council’s public relations officer Mercy Chaluma said.
The community ground, which has been hosting key Super League matches over the years, has recently been on the wane.
Its fence collapsed last season and the pitch has usually been rough while toilets are sometimes broken.
Chaluma said the project will be implemented in two phases with the first set to start this year.
“It is expected to start this financial year; that is before June and completion will be by June next year. The second phase will be implemented in the next financial year.
Funding for the 20 000-seater stadium will be provided through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
Chaluma hoped that once completed, the stadium will generate revenue for the city council and inspire a sporting spirit in the Eastern Region.
“It will mean more revenue for the city council, thereby more developments. More entertainment for the residents of Zomba and the surrounding areas as we have more sporty people in this part of the country,” she said.
Red Lions general secretary Major Dave Gondwe, whose side use the venue as its home ground, has hailed the stadium project, saying it will motivate his players to perform better.