Renovations at Mzuzu Stadium were called off ahead of 2019 TNM Super League kick off this coming Saturday.
Mzuzu City Council (MCC) pumped in about K3 million for pitch, fence and toilet renovations with the exercise due for completion last month.
But the only works that appeared at the stadium to have been completed are toilet repairs.
The stadium is the only facility that hosts Super League games in Mzuzu with Moyale and Mzuni using it as their home ground.
MCC acting Director of Parks, Leisure and Environment, Yotam Mtafya, said the suspension was due to a breakdown of the vehicle being used in the project.
“The vehicle had a breakdown and our machines for leveling the pitch and slashing grass also developed a problem. But we have repaired them both and we are hoping that by Saturday, everything would be completed,” Mtafya said.
He added: “We have done 78 percent of the work so far and we are on course. Fuel for the machines is ready and workers would be deployed soon.”
Football Association of Malawi Facility and Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, requested the council to speed up the work as the Super League is about to kick off.
“They started the project very well and I received reports that there is good progress especially on the pitch,” Jangale said.
He added: “Mzuzu needs this stadium and we hope the council will complete the renovations in time so that Mzuni and Moyale can use it.”
Meanwhile, both Mzuni and Moyale management have described the development as unlucky and asked MCC to speed up the works.