By Duncan Kaonga
Football analysts in the country have backed the idea proposed by the Minister of Youth and Sports to demolish one of the oldest Football epicenters in the country, Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre which was built more than two decades ago.
Minister of Youth and Sports, Ulemu Msungama proposed that the country’s soccer Mecca should be demolished and build a new facility.
Reacting to the development, football analyst Emmanuel Lawyer said it’s in order to get the facility demolished and erect a new stadium.
“The current condition of the stadium isn’t healthy for football lovers. After all the stadium isn’t appealing to the eye, it’s old an design and constructing a new one will mean, among others doing away with daily renovations which is costly,” said Lawyer
On his part George Chiusiwa said the state of the facility is undesirable and it’s high time it was demolished.
“The continued use of this stadium is a serious danger and threat to life, what is needed is for the complete demolition of Kamuzu Stadium and construct a new stadium altogether in Blantyre, we cannot afford to be renovating a sports facility which was built of 50 years and has been in continuous use over that period,” said Chiusiwa
Chiusiwa added that the life span of the stadium should be long gone and the new government should work on replacing it.
“The new government should just erect a new big stadium in the commercial city to replace Kamuzu Stadium, we are in modern times and it’s inconceivable for the country to be face-lifting such old structures instead of building new ones,” said Chiusiwa.
They have been calls, previously, from Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) on the unsuitability of the stadium to host international matches.
Kamuzu Stadium has for the past years been home for the flame, Scorchers and all southern region TNM super league outfits.
The previous DPP led regime promised to build two stadia for two Blantyre based oldest clubs in the country Nyasa Big Bullets and Beforward Wanderers a project which is yet to take shape.