Kambwili concedes that the monthly government grant of 80,000 kwacha simply wasn’t enough to maintain the current facilities.
The crux of the matter is that the standard of the playing surface at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium has deteriorated quite significantly in recent months, which isn’t ideal as the country is bidding to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
“I apologise to the people of Zambia that the Government is partly to blame for the poor management of the facility because management has been under funded,” Kambwili told Zambian Football on Friday.
The sports minister also indicated that the matter would be addressed with considerable urgency but was also critical of stadium management and insisted that it should also shoulder some responsibility for the facility.
“My ministry did a club memo requesting for increased funding to Levy stadium. The stadium management should also be blamed because they hold various functions and they cannot fail to take care of the facility,” Kambwili said.
“As a ministry, we are not going to condone vandalism at either Levy or Heroes National stadia,” he said.