By Madalitso Mhango
The Malawi Government is advancing with plans to construct a national netball stadium at Njamba Park in Blantyre.
The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture says in a statement that it is, currently, inviting sealed bids from eligible contractors registered with National Construction Industry Council in the unlimited category to submit bids for the construction works.
The works will involve construction and completion of an indoor sports arena complete with associated external works.
The development follows President Peter Mutharika’s remarks in the run up to the 2019 tripartite elections that his government will develop sports facilities to create employment opportunities for the youth.
Mutharika pledged to construct stadiums in every district and for the big clubs Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets.
Currently, the Ministry is also receiving tenders from eligible bidders for construction of Wanderers and Bullets stadiums in Blantyre.
In 2019/2020 budget, government allocated K200 million for the netball court and K1.6 billion for the construction of two stadiums for Wanderers and Bullets.
It also allocated K500 million each for upgrading works for Mzuzu Youth Centre and Kamuzu Institute for Sports.
Government has so far constructed sports stadiums in Karonga, Rumphi, Mangochi, Mulanje and Kasungu while construction is still under way for Ntcheu and Zomba Stadiums.
Malawi’s big stadiums include Nankhaka, Bingu, Silver Stadium and Civo in central region while in Blantyre there is Kamuzu and Chiwembe and in northern region there is Mzuzu stadium and Karonga.