Salima — United Democratic Front (UDF) shadow Councilor for Kalonga Ward in Salima, Kachoko Hamimu, said he would fight for the construction of a sports stadium in Salima as one way of improving sports activities in the district.
Speaking on Thursday when he addressed a meeting at Malimba Township, Kachoko said sporting activities have dwindled in the district since the makeshift stadium at the Community Centre Ground collapsed two years ago.
"We used to have a football club called Salima Town Hammers which competed in the Lilongwe and District Football League.
"The team was bringing entertainment to the people and also developing talent among the youth but it died because it did not have a good source of money after the collapse of the makeshift stadium at the community centre ground," he said.
He added: "If I'm voted in as a councilor I will never rest until the council builds a simple stadium, like the one in Balaka. I am strongly sure that having a stadium will help in the development of sports in the district and at the same time improve the financial standings of the council as it will be making money out of it."
Kachoko, who is also a former member of the now defunct Salima Town Hammers Football Club, said his vision should be taken serious as the district has now two football teams playing in Super League, but both teams play their games in Dwangwa because Salima has no stadium.
"I believe my desire is very much valid considering that already we have two teams from this district namely MAFCO FC and Airborne Rangers FC that are playing in the super league.
"If we had a stadium here, they would have been playing right here and the council would be making money and the teams would also be making good money because they have a large following here," said the aspiring councilor.
On where the councilor would get money, Kachoko said government has an obligation to see to it that sporting activities are developed, adding that he would squeeze the council to meet that obligation.