Silver Stadium and Civo Stadium are expected to undergo renovations ahead of the Region 5 Young games scheduled to be played in December this year.
Minister of Youth and Sports, Richard Chmwendo Banda said the contractors who were assigned with the projects of renovating the two facilities are expected to start their job next week. Banda added that the two stadia will be closed to pave way for the project.
African Union Sports Council that organises Regional 5 games approved Silver and Civo Stadium to host football matches after being renovated and Malawi’s Government was tasked to have all the facilities ready by October.
Among other things to be looked at at Civo stadium are the pitch, dressing rooms, floodlights, tunnel and toilets while the Silver stadium has other things that are in good shape.
The development means that the two Clubs will look for alternative venues to use as their home grounds in the second round of TNM Super League and Cup matches.
Civil Service United General Secretary, Ronald Chiwaula said they are considering to chose one of the three stadiums, Nankhaka, Dedza and Mponera subject to consultation with their technical panel.
“It’s a good development as it will help us in renovating the ground to be in good shape. Dressing rooms, and irrigation systems, will be different and we are very happy with the project. It will be different Civo.
” Before season resumes, Super League of Malawi advises teams to include an alternative home ground if something happens with their home ground, then they will be allowed to relocate to another one. As Civo we put Nankhaka as our alternative venue.
“However, we also have Champions Stadium in Mponela and Dedza Dynamos and we are considering the three venues.”
Silver Strikers Chief Executive Officer, Thokozan Chimbali told a local media house they are yet to receive an official letter informing them about the development.
“We are yet to receive an official letter from the ministry about the development. However, we are happy with the development because it’s mutual. We will decide if the letter arrives,” said Chimbali.
The CEO further added that if the stadium is going to be closed, Bingu National Stadium is their first option.
The Government of Malawi will cough money amounting to 20 Billion to renovate all the facilities to host the games in December.
Swiming Complex at Kamuzu Institute, Griffin Saenda Sports Complex will also be renovated.