Many clubs in the country use public stadiums as their home grounds and these are usually shared by several teams.
In an attempt to stop this, the reigning TNM Super League Champions, Big Bullets are on the verge of constructing a stadium for their club.
The champions are set to apply for land to the Ministry of Lands and Housing on which to construct the stadium as the project was approved by the club’s board of trustees.
Bullets chairperson, Sam Chilunga confirmed the development saying that the club was waiting for the drawing up of the project’s concept before approaching the ministry.
“So far, the plans are going according to plan. We believe that once the land has been approved, we will start immediately.” He said.
However, he could not point out the capacity of the stadium arguing that, that would be depend on the size of the land provided and resources.
Chilunga stated that the club will not solely rely on funds from a recent deal that involved Bullets signing a multi-million partnership agreement with Nyasa Manufacturing Company but rather, it will establish fundraising structures to help build financial capacity.
“The trustees, the supporters and the executive committee will all have their own fundraising activities for the stadium project. We hope that everyone will be committed,” he stated.
The stadium project is a follow up of FAMs implementation of the Club Licensing System (CLS) which encourages clubs to have well-established infrastructures such as training facilities.
Meanwhile, Casper Jangale, CLS manager welcomes Bullets’ plan as a positive development.
Jangale said “It is good that Bullets is taking such steps. It’s a sign that after being in existence for more than 40 years, Bullets wants to be a more established club.”