Civil Sporting is scheduled to host Silver Strikers at Bingu National Stadium (BNS) as part of Lilongwe City Council’s (LCC) 54th Independence celebrations on July 5, 2018 in Lilongwe.
Acting Director of Administration who is Chairperson for July 6 celebrations for LCC Stallichi Mwambiwa told Malawi News Agency that the match would be one of the main events on the day.
The Tow city rivals will face each other for the fourth time this season after they played in a friendly match in Dowa and in the quarter final of the Airtel Top 8 quarter final match played at the same venue.
Silver strikers still holds the city’s bragging rights after progressing in the Airtel Top 8 encounter and the two are to seize each other in the league encounter this season.
Last season silver claimed a double over the servants and on paper the bankers are favourites to win since they are current league leaders of the TNM Super league.
“I can inform to Lilongwe City residents that on July 5, two city cities will battle it out for bragging rights for the city. This entails that the winning team will be the team of the city being a function organized by the city,” Mwambiwa stated.
He assured participants that security on the day is considered as the key element in the whole event in order to avoid tragedies like the one that happened last year during Independence celebration day.
“We are aware of what happened where lives of innocent people were lost. We are planning to open the gates early to enable free flow of people.
“We are working hand in hand with Bingu National Stadium (BNS) management to open gates more early even if it means people sleeping right in the stadium to avoid any similar incidents from happening,” he added.
The Chair said apart from opening gates timely the stadium shall have maximum security so that no acts of violence would creep in to disturb the occasion.
“After the military parade right at BNS, we will conduct special prayers to remember the souls we lost and to ask God bless continue comforting and continue showering blessings to the bereaved families in the tramped,” he added.
BNS Manager, Eric Ning’ang’a appealed to the public and parents of the villages surrounding the facility to take care of the children saying accidents like what happened were preventable.
“We have all security measures in place but children require extra attention hence my humble appeal to parents around BNS to have caring hearts to children at the stadium,” he remarked.
Malawi attained her independence from the Britain on July 6, 1964.