Mtambo’s no-stadium-stance irks BB, Nomads followers

Written by  MBC Online

Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers supporters have reacted angrily to Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) chairperson Timothy Mtambo’s threat  to lobby Parliament against  Government’s construction of stadiums for their clubs.

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During an impromptu meeting at Kamuzu Stadium Monday, the fans gave HRDC 72 hours to reverse its stand on the matter.

In the just presented national budget, Government has allocated MK1.6billion for the project and HRDC had threatened to lobby parliamentarians to reject the stadiums’ allocation.

The supporters were led by Bullets supporters director Stone Mwamadi and Wanderers’ fans chairperson Mervin Nkunika.

Nkunika said the two giants deserve the stadiums which would also serve other teams and the public.

“These facilities will also help teams such as Ntopwa and Tigers. This is why we are calling for modern stadiums to cater for other sporting activities such as netball, basketball and volleyball. So Mtambo should withdraw his statements within 72 hours,” he said.

Mwamadi argued that the Government benefits from the two teams through 25 percent deductions from games played at government-owned stadiums.

“We are prepared to go and conduct a vigil at Mtambo’s house if he does not withdraw his statement. Most of the match facilities in Malawi are owned by the Government. This means revenue from our games goes into Government coffers,” he said.

However, Mtambo, who claims to be a Wanderers fan, clarified that HRDC was not against the construction of the stadiums for the two sides but rather wanted the President to use his own funds.

Construction of stadiums for the two Super league giants was one of President Arthur Peter Mutharika’s campaign promises.

Last week, President Mutharika met officials from the two teams at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre, where he also justified his promise.

Said the President: “The question of why Government is constructing stadiums to private clubs does not arise. My answer to this criticism is that we are developing football in this country. Besides, these stadiums will always be used and enjoyed by the public."

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