Some soccer fans in the Northern Region have said while TNM Super League is described as the richest in the country, it does not reflect as such at Mzuzu Stadium.
One of the fans, Paul Mphande, drew the attention of The Nation last Sunday to the fact that the corner flags used during Super League games are torn, dirty and unattractive as they have lost their true colours.
He said while they appreciate that stewards, gatemen and journalists all look beautiful, there is need to buy new equipment such as corner flags to dress the pitch if the league is to look attractive.
“When you go to Kamuzu Stadium, the pitch has nice facilities depicting TNM as sponsors of the multi-million kwacha league, but look at the flags at Mzuzu Stadium, very dirty, torn and are in different colours,” said another fan.
The chairperson of the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) referees sub-committee member in the North, Zuza Nyondo, confirmed his men were using worn-out flags. He blamed it on acts of hooliganism that happened after the game between Embangweni FC and Mafco last season, when angry supporters took away all new flags and some equipment donated by TNM.
Nyondo also blamed the Mzuzu City Council for failing to provide facilities such as billboards and flags to make the venue attractive since it collects a lot of revenue from it.
Efforts to get comment from the council proved futile as chief executive officer Richard Hara was reported out of the country.
Sulom secretary general Williams Banda promised to take up the matter with the sponsors.