Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has commended Super League of Malawi (Sulom), clubs and fans for adhering to Covid-19 protocols during demonstration matches played over the weekend.
Sulom organised the matches in all the three regions ahead of TNM Super League kickoff slated for Saturday. The matches were aimed at assessing adherence to Covid-19 preventive measures for all stakeholders including clubs, fans, media and security personnel.
After the test matches, which were played with fans for the first time in over 10 months, chairperson for Fam Special Taskforce on Covid-19 Chimango Munthali, who is also executive member, said all the stakeholders had passed the first test.
“The progress and adherence to the measures by teams and fans is very commendable. Sulom demonstrated its readiness for the season. The next few days will be utilised to tie the loose ends we have observed and documented for a debrief with Sulom,” Munthali said.
“On top of loose ends is the issue of wearing face masks from entry to the end of the game and strengthening sensitisation of soccer lovers before and when in the stadiums.”
At all the sports venues, medical personnel disinfected dressing rooms and stands, among other areas.
Sulom Vice General Secretary Zacharia Nyirenda was also excited with the response from clubs and fans.
“We commend all the stakeholders for a job well done. We have waited for so long to watch games and we are happy that people followed all the protocols,” he added.
During the games played on Saturday, Be Forward Wanderers beat Ntopwa FC 4-1 at Kamuzu Stadium, with Nigerian striker Babatunde Adepoju scoring twice whereas Vincent Nyangulu and Ghanaian striker Michael Tetteh scored a goal each. Clever Chikwata scored a consolation for Ntopwa.
In the Lilongwe soccer fest, Kamuzu Barracks beat Silver Strikers 5-4 on post-match penalties at Nankhaka Stadium whereas Blue Eagles defeated Civo Service United 1-0 at the same venue in an earlier kickoff. Up North, Karonga United beat Moyale Barracks 1-0.