The Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) yesterday handed over the Mzuzu Rosedale multi-purpose court to the Mzuzu City Council (MCC).
The Rosedale court was under major renovation after being in a dilapidated state for years due to vandalism and inadequate care and MNCS has spent MK40 million to reconstruct the facility.
Speaking during the hand over ceremony MNCS board member Mr. Alufeyo Chipanga explained that MNCS is very committed to develop and promote sport in all the regions across the country and one way of displaying that commitment is through sports infrastructure development
‘’ If you remember very well it was during the Mzuzu city half marathon that MNCS Board Chairperson Dr. Sunduzwayo Madise mentioned that Sports Council will renovate this court so, since then we worked had to make sure that we keep our promise that is why today we are here. We know that the facility is not 100 percent complete as there is need to construct a fence, toilets and dressing rooms as Council we will make sure that everything is done to make sure that the Mzuzu Rosedale court is of high standard,’’ explained Chipanga.
Mzuzu City Council’s Director of Parks, Leisure and Environment Yotamu Mtafya thanked Sports Council for renovating the Rosedale multi-purpose court
‘’We are very happy that this day has come, because we had this problem of providing a platform for athletes to showcase their talents, we had this court but it was dilapidated. The coming in of MNCS has indeed assisted us in providing sporting services to the communities. In terms of managing, we will fight hard to make sure that this facility has a fence and guard shelter so that it is well protected,’’ explained Mtafya
Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) Technical Director who is also the interim coach of the Malawi netball team Samuel Kanyenda expressed satisfaction with the renovation of the court
‘’This is very good news for sports development in the northern region, as NAM we are very happy because this infrastructure will help us identify talent in the northern region,’’ explained Kanyenda
The reopening of the Rosedale multi-purpose court will assist different sporting codes including Handball, netball, volleyball and basketball to have a platform where athletes can easily showcase and nurture their talent. The renovations work started in April this and it has taken four months to finish