BLANTYRE -Super League of Malawi (Sulom) vice president Daud Suleman says there is an immediate need for a new stadium in Blantyre.
Suleman said Kamuzu Stadium is failing to accommodate huge number of football fans during games since some stands were closed off due to maintenance.
Sulom’s sentiments come after the facility exceeded its capacity during the Blantyre derby of Be Forward Wanderers and Big Bullets, the country’s soccer powerhouses, last Saturday.
Suleman said a lot of fans complained for not making it into the stadium during the game due to the sports cathedrals failure to accommodate them as some stands were cordoned-off, reducing its capacity from 35,000 to 22,000.
Five of the six open stands at Kamuzu Stadium were closed after they were discovered to have developed cracks and were a security hazard.
“We are asking the government and stakeholders to come in and help the city to have a bigger stadium. It is always disheartening to see that fans failing to watch games due to overcrowding because the facility cannot accommodate spectators to its full capacity,” Suleman said.
He noted that Blantyre is the city that has a lot of ardent football fans who go out in large numbers to watch games as it harbours the country’s soccer giants – Bullets and Wanderers – hence the need to have a new stadium.