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Big Bullets, Blue Eagles clash in season opener

Sulom organises Covid-19 test matches

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Chimango Munthali

TNM Super League defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets will clash with last year’s third-placed side Blue Eagles in a 2020/21 season opener at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on November 28.

According to the first round fixture, which Super League of Malawi (Sulom) released on Monday, five matches have been lined up on the opening day with three matches on the second day including the Lilongwe derby involving Silver Strikers and Civo Service United on Sunday (November 29) at a venue yet to be announced.

On the opening day, Mighty Tigers will host TN Stars at Mpira Stadium whereas Mafco will meet brothers in arms Red Lions at Chitowe Ground. Rookies Ekwendeni Hammers begin their campaign against Kamuzu Barracks at Mzuzu Stadium whereas Chitipa United will face Karonga United at Karonga Ground.

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In the second week, there are plenty of exciting matches lined up as Wanderers will host Silver at Kamuzu Stadium. The Blantyre derby involving Wanderers and Bullets is expected to be played on January 2, 2021.

Bullets defended the TNM Super League with 70 points, just one point above Wanderers.

Meanwhile, Sulom has organised demonstration matches in all the three regions this weekend. During the testing matches, fans will be allowed to watch but under strict Covid-19 guidelines.

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Sulom Vice General Secretary Zacharia Nyirenda confirmed the development yesterday.

Only seven venues have been approved to host matches. In the testing matches, Eagles will meet Civo at Nakhaka Ground in a lunch-hour kickoff before KB and Silver’s match at the same venue.

In the Southern Region, Bullets will meet Tigers at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday before Wanderers and Red Lions face off on Sunday at the same venue. In the north, Ekwendeni will play Mzuzu Warriors whereas Karonga will face Moyale.

Chairperson of Special Taskforce on Covid-19 at Football Association of Malawi (Fam), Chimango Munthali, said the testing matches would determine the capacity of Sulom to organise matches with spectators in the midst of pandemic.

“This will help us determine if we can have matches with fans or not. So we hope all stakeholders will follow Covid-19 preventive measures,” Munthali said.

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