By Mphatso Sam, MANA
Newly-promoted TNM Super League side, Ntopwa FC has said it would be playing its home games at Kamuzu and Chiwembe Stadiums in the 2019 season.
Confirming the development on Wednesday, Ntopwa FC Technical Director and Owner, Isaac Jomo Osman said they already informed the league’s governing body, the Super League of Malawi (SULOM) on the decision.
“We have already told them about that and we have also signed a contract with management of Kamuzu Stadium and they have allowed us the use of their facility for cup and league matches,” he said.
Osman said that they were planning to be using Mulanje Stadium as one of their home grounds but he indicated Kamuzu and Chiwembe Stadiums were the forefront stadiums which the team would be using this season.
“We will consider our books, if we see that at Kamuzu Stadium not working, we will change our home ground. Wanderers at some point changed its home ground and started using Balaka Stadium instead of Kamuzu Stadium and we will do the same,” he said.
The Technical Director added that they would be using the Bangwe Youth Centre ground as their training ground since the team is from Bangwe.
SULOM General Secretary Williams Banda said that they haven’t received any conformation from the 16 Super League Teams regarding the venues they would be using in the 2019 season.
“All the 16 teams are yet to confirm their venues. Club always submits two venues which they will be using in that season and we have just given them the forms for them to fill,” he said.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Compliance and Licensing Manager, Casper Jangale said Chiwembe Stadium is not amongst the list of stadiums which would be used for games this year until it has been completed, inspected and certified for Super League match hosting.
FAM got an approval from FIFA to upgrade the Chiwembe Stadium into a fully fledged stadium under the new FIFA forward project and since last year, the 10, 000 seater stadium has been under rehabilitation and upgrading works.