Football Association of Malawi (FAM) will today start inspecting Bingu National Stadium (BNS) to assess its state of preparedness to host international matches.
Confederation of African Football (CAF) gave FAM until July 14 to work on the stadium’s shortfalls to meet the standards to host 2022 World Cup qualifiers, or risk having the Flames play their home matches outside the country.
FAM licensing and compliance manager Casper Jangale said the process will start with floodlights assessment this evening.
“Then on Tuesday [tomorrow] we will assess all other areas which include the pitch, sanitation, media facilities, CCTV and dressing rooms,” he said.
On the condition of the pitch, Jangale said there has been good progress.
“They [stadium owners] have engaged expert personnel from Lilongwe Golf Club, so it looks promising.With the remaining time, I am optimistic the facility will pass the test,” he said.
In its letter to member associations, who were given a grace period to work on their facilities, CAF stated that its assessment will be done through video footage and pictures to be provided by the member associations’ compliance managers.
CAF warned that Malawi will play their home games away after finding Bingu National and Kamuzu Stadiums not fit to host games.