Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers had their last smile after the national assembly approved vote 180 of the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture on Tuesday where K1.6 billion has been allocated for the construction of stadiums for the two teams.
President Peter Mutharika promised construction of the stadiums for the two Blantyre-based teams at one of his campaign rallies in Blantyre.
Despite opposition from different quarters including the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and opposition parties, arguing the two teams are private-owned, Parliament approved the allocation.
Last month, Mutharika hosted the two sides at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre where he assured them of fulfilling his promise.
Be Forward Wanderers chairperson, Gift Mkandawire who spoke on behalf of the two teams at Sanjika reacted to the approval saying it is a sigh of relief to them.
“This is great news, I say bravo to the government. We have always wanted to have our own stadium, but I have always said it that we needed an extra hand. Now that the government has fulfilled he promise, we say we are very excited. Others have argued that the money may not be enough for the stadium, which may be true, but as beggars we don’t have a choice because we need this help,” he said.
Mkandawire said personally the development will go down the history that the team managed to source the stadium during his leadership after several attempts to own the playing field in the past.
Nyasa Big Bullets Administration Manager, Albert Chigoga could not be reached for a reaction on the development.
The former Minister of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development, Grace Chiumia handed over land meant for the projects to the teams through the Malawi National Council for Sports.
Bullets were given land at Moneymen ground in Zingwangwa, while Wanderers were allocated land close to Kanjedza Forest around Soche Teachers Training College in Blantyre.