By Draxon Maloya
Government Should Support Football Clubs.
On Wednesday the state president Peter Mutharika met officials from the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and representatives of Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Beforwards Wanderers football clubs.
During the meeting Mutharika assured the clubs of his promise he made during the election campaign to build stadiums for the two Blantyre city football heavy weights. He went further to say that the stadia projects will be included in the 2019/20 National Budget.
Some quarters have complained through various media platforms that the president would have prioritized government resources on other essential services and not football.
Some says the genesis of this entire circus was the election campaign promises that as usual politicians make without thinking twice, in a bid to woo votes.
In the edition of the Weekend Nation one of the opinion columnists, Sellina Kainja wrote, “On the other hand, the opposition and some Malawians question with sane mind, sane enough to discern political tricks question why the Malawi leader would want to build stadiums for privately owned football clubs”
Which she further said, this is the move Mutharika used to defend his move in disguising behind the act of solidarity and patriotism toward football development in the country.
Despite a number of differences as to whether government should construct the stadia for the two Blantyre football heavyweights or not, the truth of the matter is that football is the most popular sport in the country.
As such those thronging the soccer arenas in the country would like to watch football matches being played in facilities that may provide very good environment which among others include modern facilities that may provide excitement and safety to the spectators.
A million dollar question that needs to be answered is that of whether the clubs with huge followings have the capacity to own their own stadia, of which the answer is no. and how can they manage to have it, that also becomes another complex question as well.
Club officials have on several occasions appealed to the corporate world to consider assist them in the construction of modern soccer arenas that may be able to host football matches of high quality standards but nobody has come forward to assist.
The unavailability of these stadiums have also contributed to the slow growth of the clubs in the country to turn professional which is also one contributing factor to the poor performance of the country’s national team, the Flames.
The reality on the ground that government shall always continue in the provision of public funds in assisting the national team which everyone knows that it cannot progress in any competition due to inadequate facilities that can be used in preparations for either regional or international competitions.
Unless Malawians agree for the dissolution of the Malawi National Team, but otherwise let the team start competing and not only participating in competitions, and for that to happen then let us make sure that there are good facilities for the country and the world’s most popular game.
For that to happen then let us make sure that clubs also have their own stadium facilities and for that to happen there is also a need for that political will demonstrated by the country’s head of state, Peter Mutharika.
He promised to construct stadiums for the two Blantyre city based football giants, Nyasa Big Bullets and Beforward Wanderers, and the construction works of the soccer arenas should start now, and surely it begins with the head of state.