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Clubs plead for Super League resumption

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Some TNM Super League teams have pleaded with the authorities to speed up the process of negotiating with Presidential Taskforce on Covid so that the league resumes soon.

The league was suspended on January 19 after the government gazetted new laws restricting public gatherings to 50 people from 100 due to the rise in cases of coronavirus.

This comes just few days after Football Association of Malawi (Fam) presented a Football Restart Plan to the government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, proposing February 24 for the resumption of the top flight league behind closed doors.

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The association was expecting to get approval for the resumption of the matches today but the ministry is behind schedule in submitting it to Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 to make a decision.

Between now and February 24, Fam proposed that all stakeholders will be tested.

However, in random interviews Sunday, Super League teams said delays to resume the matches would spell disaster for the majority of the teams.

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Mighty Wanderers General Secretary Victor Maunde said, while the side was struggling financially, the resumption of the league would encourage well-wishers to support them.

“The best way is to resume the matches. Although the league is suspended, as clubs, we are spending a lot of money on training,” he said.

Before the suspension of the league, the Nomads were struggling on and off the pitch, having won a single match in seven matches.

In a separate interview, Blue Eagles Chairperson Alexander Ngwala also said teams have been hugely affected by the suspension.

“Safety of all the stakeholders is very important but I think we should continue with the league while all Covid preventive measures should be followed to control the spread of the pandemic,” said Ngwala whose side won the 2019 Fisd Challenge Cup.

The Area 30-based side are on position 10 in the league with 10 points from 10 matches.

Karonga United General Secretary Ramsey Simwaka shared similar sentiments, saying teams could disband if the league was delayed further.

“It is not easy to assemble players while the league is suspended. If we are not careful, we can lose more teams, “ he added.

In the proposal to government, Fam has requested for a special waiver on the Covid restriction on public gathering to allow 98 people every match.

Director of Sports in the Ministry of Sports Jameson Ndalama was optimistic that the Road Map would be presented to Presidential Taskforce on Covid this week.

Capital City giants Silver Strikers lead the log table with 19 points from nine matches whereas Ekwendeni Hammers and Red Lions are second and third , respectively, but with 19 points as well.

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