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Fam courts media on football restart

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) is this morning scheduled to interact with members of the media during a consultation meeting on commencement of the 2020 season at Mpira Village in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre.

Fam Competitions and Communications Director, Gomezgani Zakazaka, said they have arranged to interact with the media as it is a key stakeholder in efforts to restart football in the country.

Zakazaka said after holding a consultation meeting with clubs some two weeks ago, it was important to meet the media ahead of plans to put the 2020 TNM Super League season on television.

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“Indeed we are having a consultation meeting with the media this Friday to brainstorm on the way forward as we explore possibilities of restarting football without spectators.

“So we will have football journalists and commentators who communicate directly with the masses. We are hopeful that the media will play a critical role in this project,” he said.

Football Journalists Association president Joy Ndovi welcomed the development, saying the consultation meeting will also help the journalists to acquire knowledge on how best to report on football matters during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Ndovi said the media is geared to help Fam on football restart matters by ensuring that football fans are getting the right information on the game and Covid-19.

“We are ready to play our role in football restart. We have been working with Fam on several projects for a long time and this just a continuation. I know that my fellow football journalists will take this opportunity to acquire knowledge on how to communicate with football fans once the season starts,” he said.

Ndovi said the media has also been affected by the pandemic and was ready to contribute towards efforts to commence the season.

“The meeting is very welcome because the media has been equally affected by the pandemic. Football coverage will never be the same again amid Covid-19. The meeting will give us the opportunity to appreciate measures that Fam has put in place in order for football to resume safely for all stakeholders, including the media. We also have a role to play in ensuring that football resumes safely. We thank Fam for seeing the need to meet us,” he said.

Fam wanted the new season to start next month but there are doubts on the proposal which was made to the government as teams are yet to commence training.

The country’s football governing body submitted the request for the season’s commencement to the Ministry of Sports in June.

In response, the ministry convened a stakeholders’ meeting which is yet to come up with its position on the matter.

The recent rise in cases of the pandemic is also likely to hamper efforts to kick off the season.

The 2020 season’s kickoff was suspended in March after the government declared a state of disaster in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus.

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