Some TNM Super League teams have said politicians’ continued holding of campaign rallies could result into the return of football in the country.
The politicians have been drawing large crowds in recent weeks as they campaign for the fresh presidential election.
Two of the country’s big clubs, Silver Strikers and Be Forward Wanderers, told The Daily Times that the return of football was possible under the present circumstances.
The giants therefore called for necessary precaution measures to be put in place so that the season kicks off.
Silver Board Chairperson, Victor Madhlopa, said the return of football was possible.
“We demand the return of football. This is something that is possible. Yes Covid-19 is real and we are living with it. We should not forget that social life is also of paramount importance.
“We see politicians holding rallies which attract huge crowds. Most people go to such rallies without observing protective measures. In our case, we can put all the necessary protective measures in football stadia and prevent the virus from spreading as we play our games,” Madhlopa said.
Wanderers General Secretary, Victor Maunde, concurred with Maunde, saying football needed to return so that clubs generate resources to pay players.
“Let’s be realistic. Teams can no longer manage to continue paying their players without income from gate collections. Why can’t we just put in place preventive measures and restart our game? How do the authorities justify the suspension of football when politicians continue to hold rallies that attract thousands?” Maunde queried.
Spokesperson of a group of supporters calling for lifting of the suspension, Mavuto Chibambo, said they have the support of teams in the fight to force the return of football.
“We want to see the reopening of football stadiums and the return of football action. Those who ordered the suspension of football in the country are engaging in a serious breach of their own laws. We see them holding political campaign rallies across the country on a daily basis.
“How come they want to punish innocent Malawians who love football by keeping them idle at home? They are also punishing teams and players by denying them revenue from gate collections. We demand football’s return by May 30. If they do not comply with our demand, we will have no option but to go to Fam [Football Association of Malawi] offices with our families to hold vigils,” Chibambo said.
Fam President, Walter Nyamilandu, said they were consulting relevant authorities on the matter.
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