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Albert Chigoga

Some TNM Super League clubs have asked the joint committee meeting for Football Association of Malawi’s (Fam) committees to propose return of football within one month.

This follows Fam’s competitions and marketing committee and taskforce committee meeting which proposed for football return in three months.

Fam executive committee will meet on Saturday to decide the commencement of the 2020 season.

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Be Forward Wanderers general secretary, Victor Maunde said, although there was hope of restarting the game, the proposed period was too long.

“There is hope at the end of the tunnel but we feel that we could have started games earlier than the proposed three month period. Let us analyse the situation on the ground. Most of the clubs are struggling financially so delaying the season would add more salt on the wounds,” Maunde said.

On his part, Silver Chief Executive Officer, Thokozani Chimbali said the meeting offered glimmer of hope of football return.

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“It is not a secret that we are missing the game of football in Malawi and any glimmer of hope to the resumption of the game is good news,” he said.

Nyasa Big Bullets Chief Administration Officer, Albert Chigoga, sounded skeptical.

“If Fam says football returns in the next three months means it has projected that the situation will start normalising. The best time to kick off football is when the situation becomes safe for everyone,” he said.

Fam executive committee meeting scheduled for this weekend will discuss and review a roadmap which was developed by the joint committee meeting.

Meanwhile, Fam general secretary, Alfred Gunda said the joint meeting discussed strategies on how to restart football, while prioritising the health, safety and interest of all stakeholders.

“The general consensus during the meeting was for Fam to put in place a roadmap to restart the games in the coming three months. The meeting came up with a clear road map for submission to the Exco for final decision. So regarding coming up with actual dates on when and indeed the conditions under which football game will restart, it will be up to the executive committee,” Gunda said.

According to Gunda, the second quarterly meeting of Fam executive committee, is set to discuss the roadmap. The roadmap guides on the consultations and what to be done from the day of the Fam executive committee approval to the proposed kick off days of different football leagues.

The football season was suspended on March 20 as a precautionary measure against the Covid-19 pandemic after President Peter Mutharika declared as State of National Disaster.

Burundi became the first African country to restart the game on Wednesday. The Germany Bundesliga restarted last week. Other countries in Africa including Angola, Tanzania and Botswana have allowed a return to training to all sporting activities which gives hope of football restart.

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