Authorities in Chikwawa have complained that the lack of standard public sporting facilities are negatively affecting the development of various sports disciplines in the district.
District Sports Officer (DSO), Sophie Mzunga told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Monday that there is need for development partners to consider constructing a Youth Centre to keep young people busy.
Mzunga added that it is pathetic that most rural teams do not have adequate sports materials like balls and jerseys to enhance their talent.
Said Mzunga, “As a district, Chikwawa lacks a lot in as far as sports is concerned and the major challenge being inadequate funds which contributes to unavailability of sports equipment and sports infrastructure.”
According to Mzunga, currently, people in the district have realized the importance of sports and are demanding for sports equipment.
She pointed out that all areas in sports disciplines need attention ranging from; football, netball and volleyball urging politicians, the business community and well wishers to come in and assist.
“For sports infrastructure, the district relies much on Kalulu Stadium in Nchalo which is a private stadium and Chikwawa Community Ground whose current status is laughable.
“Building a youth centre is necessary for Chikwawa so as to hold various activities at one place. Having this infrastructure can positively enhance life of the youth in the district and can be a very big achievement,” she added.
The district’s Youth Officer, Chigonjetso Chiromo also backed Mzunga’s idea saying through this way, youths in the district will have some activities that will make them busy.
“We really need these facilities as a district and I would have loved if this could be implemented at every Traditional Authority (T/A) because the youths will easily access them as I believe we would have things like recreation, libraries, education activities, vocation skills as well as youth friendly health services,” said Chiromo.
On his part, Executive Director for Tiyamike Youth Organization in Chikwawa District, John Nkhwazi commended the proposal from the two officials saying youths in Chikwawa are lagging behind in development due to scarcity of such infrastructure.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA