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Do not panic amid Covid-19—Fam boss

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Walter Nyamilandu

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu has called on stakeholders, including Super League Association of Malawi (Sulom) President Tiya Somba Banda, not to panic amid Covid-19 attack.

Nyamilandu asked the football fraternity and nation in general to unreservedly follow the public health Covid-19 preventive measures as prescribed by the Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation.

“We must, therefore, religiously place our focus on adhering to the laid down guidelines that include social distancing and wearing of masks as the greatest pathway to our wellbeing,” he said.

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Nyamilandu said the pandemic was threatening economic livelihoods of the nation, hence survival of the clubs and the competitions is facing a major risk.

“As president of the Malawi FA, it is my duty to ensure that, in times such as these, all football stakeholders such as players, clubs and administrators are safe and not exposed to the plague,” he said.

The Fifa Council Member also backed the three week suspension of Super League games, saying it should not dampen spirits.

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“It should galvanise us to take extra care to protect our precious lives from the scourge which is roaming and killing innocent souls,” he said before wishing Somba Banda, all members of the football fraternity and everyone else a quick recovery from the diseases.

The statement came after Banda, on Wednesday night, disclosed that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

“ I am asymptomatic and have immediately placed myself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for 10 days in line with the Ministry of Health Guidance on Home-based Management of Persons with Asymptomatic and Mild Covid-19 symptoms.

“I am staying positive and strictly following all the necessary measures to beat this pandemic and would like to advice others who have also tested positive to not despair as together we can beat this,” Banda stated in a statement.

Fam Media and Competitions Director Gomezgani Zakazaka last Friday revealed that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

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