Kamuzu Stadium

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Exterior of statium

Kamuzu Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Blantyre, Malawi. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 50,000 people. Big Bullets are tenants.

The stadium was originally named Rangeley Stadium during the colonial era to commemorate British civil servant William H. J. Rangeley.[1] It later became known as Kamuzu Stadium, after Malawi's first President, Hastings Kamuzu Banda, when Malawi gained independence from Britain. After Kamuzu's presidency, the name was changed to Chichiri Stadium under President Bakili Muluzi; however, under Muluzi's successor, Bingu wa Mutharika, the name Kamuzu Stadium was restored in 2004.[2]

FIFA through its GOAL programme has sponsored the renovation of the natural grass pitch into a synthetic football pitch. This artificial turf field, called Xtreme Turf, has been manufactured and installed by Act Global.

President Peter Mutharika's inauguration ceremony was held at Kamuzu Stadium on 2 June 2014.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Owen Kalinga, The Historical Dictionary of Malawi, page 411.
  2. ^ "Malawian president orders three facilities named after founding father Banda", BBC Monitoring International Reports, September 15, 2004.
  3. ^ Zawadi Chilunga, "Mutharika regrets JB's snub in power handover: Muluzi cheered", Nyasa Times, 2 June 2014.

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Coordinates: 15°47′56″S 35°2′4.2″E / 15.79889°S 35.034500°E / -15.79889; 35.034500