LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-All is set for the official opening of the much-awaited Bingu National Stadium (BNS) slated for January 28, 2017 in the capital Lilongwe with expectation that President Peter Mutharika will grace the occasion.
Even South Africa-based boxing icon Isaac Chilemba is also expected to patronize the launch the development which has exited football lovers in the country.
The stadium’s launch will be mesmerized by prayers, Chinese and Malawian traditional dance with final episode of football games between these two grate nations.
Addressing a news conference in the capital Lilongwe, The Minister of Labor, Sports and Manpower Development, Henry Mussa expressed gratitude over the completion of the goal post saying it will bring joy
Mussa disclosed that only 40,000 people will be allowed into the stadium as tickets have been printed for free distribution.
The minister hinted that capacity number has been down sized from earlier announcement of 60,000 to 40,000 in a bid to fit the available seats the facility was designed to accommodate.
He added that the stadium’s gates will be opened early in the morning and spectators are to collect tickets freely right at the gate.
“We will stick to the capacity of the stadium which is 40,000 because we want as much as possible to ensure that the event is safe from any troubles resulting from overcrowding. This is part of the trouble control measures. The arrangement is that once those with the tickets have entered then we are going to close
the gates. Free tickets will start around 6 am on the same day, Saturday”, said Mussa.
The Chinese Government-funded goal post was completed in November, 2015 which required extra-funding of MK841 million from the Malawi government’s coffers to construct a sewer line, and erect electricity
The facility was constructed with a concessional loan from Chinese Government to the tune of US$65 million (about MK29 billion) payable in 20 years with the grace period of seven years , and the loan will be repaid at an annual interest rate of two percent.