Government shuts Malawi stadium due to safety concerns

  • The Malawian government has closed the country's Kamuzu stadium in Blantyre with immediate effect due to safety and security fears.

    The move may force Malawi to play the second leg of their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana in October on a neutral ground.

    The government is in talks with the Football Association of Malawi in order to assess the problem as soon as possible.

    "As a precautionary measure, it has been decided that an independent structural engineer be engaged in the shortest possible time to make a thorough assessment of the facility," a statement read.

    The country's sports minister Enock Chihana said he was optimistic the venue would be repaired in time for the Ghana match.