Central Region boxing coach Leonard Metazama has expressed concern over delay to rebuild part of the Lilongwe Community Centre ground wall fence which was brought down by heavy rains on March 30 2012.
Metazama said the development has brought the regionâ€™s boxing to a standstill as boxers are idle.
Lilongwe Community Centre (LCC) ground is the only conducive venue for local bouts in the capital city.
â€œBesides starving boxing fans of entertainment, boxers are also shunning training. They say they cannot be training without fighting.
â€œWe cannot go to Kamuzu Institute for Sports (KIS) because it is expensive for local fights. So, we are appealing to the council to speed the project,â€ said Metazama.
Lilongwe Community Centre warden Henry Sakala referred Nation Online to the city council on the projectâ€™s progress.
He, however, lamented that the fallen fence is posing a security risk as people are trespassing as well as soiling the ground, which can lead to outbreak of diseases in this rain season.
Lilongwe City Council spokesperson, Tamara Chafunya, said the project is awaiting funding to be generated locally.
â€œWe are equally concerned that activities are not taking place there and we are losing revenue in the process. Depending on availability of funds, our target is to rebuild the fence as soon as possible,â€ said Chafunya.
She said the project will cost about K890 000 (about $2 696) and will be done by council engineers.