FAM gets consent on MDC Stadium

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has said it has now received a consent from government to process the ownership of MDC Stadium.

FAM general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said the development means the association will now be able to process the facility’s title deed.

“Our lawyers [Chisanga and Tomoka] recently wrote us informing us that government had given consent to transfer the property from its previous owners to FAM.

“The only outstanding issue now is to get a tax clearance certificate, a process that is currently under way,” Nyirenda said.

He said after getting the tax clearance certificate, FAM will be able to get the title deed which will help it source funding for renovations of the stadium from either Fifa or CAF in readiness for the Cosafa Senior Challenge tournament slated for for May or June this year.

“I can safely say we are on the right track now. Because in the absence of a title deed, it meant technically we did not own the facility and we could not source funding for its refurbishment,” he said.

The FAM GS said the association could not get the title deed because of other technical complications.

“There were several complications regarding the sale of the stadium to the effect that the liquidators could not grant us the document because the agents that were used in selling the facility did not give the owners of the stadium the whole amount that was paid claiming they had deducted their [agents’] commission.

“So, it was a complicated issue, but I am glad to say that we are almost finalising the process,” Nyirenda said.

The FAM head of secretariat said he has every hope that the process of acquiring the title deed will be finalised within the next month.

“And, thereafter, we can ask for development project funding from Fifa or CAF to rehabilitate the stadium,” said Nyirenda.

FAM bought MDC Stadium in 2002 at K22 million ($132 000) and since then, the facility had been leased to Mighty Wanderers until recently when they were kicked out for failing to pay rentals.

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