Guarantees durable facility to stand test of time
Free access to everyone
Premier Bet Malawi has indicated it will finish construction of its over K80 million Netball academy and arena in the city of Blantyre by the end of April 2023.
Fady Younes, Chief Executive Officer for Premier Bet said the timeline of finishing in April is not just mere talk as the funds are already in place.
"You see the funds are there, the design; logistically everything is ready. This sport in Malawi is an like an orphan sport. There is no proper support, no proper facilities. This is a new era, we are going to take it to a new level."
The CEO urged the community to own and take responsibility of the facility when constructed: "We do not want to spend over K80 million for something that will be destroyed in the near future. This facility is going to produce massive talent that will make a mark on the international scene."
Mafuno Nathundu, Affiliate Programs and Online Manager gave assurances: "The guarantee that we are going to give to the community and the public is that the material that will be used is going to be durable and that the project will last last for long."
He added Premier Bet will maintain the facility for the next 15-20 years.
Rachel Mijiga, Chief Executive Officer, Malawi Gaming and Lotteries Authority said Premier Bet has demonstrated they are invested in helping uplift sports, especially netball in the country.
"Any investment in human capital starts with a productive youth; a youth that is healthy, a society that is healthy and that is the first step towards having a productive society, towards healthy balance sheet of human capital of any country that will contribute to the productive outcome, economically and if we are to develop. This investment will go a long way. We will in the next couples of years see the Queens ranked 1 in the world. The next super stars should come from here."
Costly Chanza, Blantyre City Council Director of Planning and Estates Services said the project is not for Premier Bet but the people of Zingwangwa.
"It is going to enforce sporting activities in Zingwangwa and surrounding areas so the plea is for the people not come here and destroy the infrastructure," adding the project will create jobs at a time when this is hard to come by.
He made a call to others in the business sector to come up with projects that will uplift the sports and bring about social economic change.
Village Headman Zingwangwa said he will ensure that there is enough security at the facility as it benefits them as a community.
Councillor Thoko Phekani, representing the city Mayor said the gesture to construct in Zingwangwa is a huge opportunity to the community: "We have stayed a long time as netball players without a facility. We were using the basketball court ad it was not conducive."