Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has offered its Luwinga Technical Center facility in Mzuzu as a quarantine center to help in the fight against Covid-19.
Fam president Walter Nyamilandu said the association has an obligation to collaborate with other partners in contributing towards fighting the global pandemic.
Nyamilandu said they would also join other stakeholders in awareness campaigns and resource mobilisation to help in the fight against Covid-19.
“The game of football does not exist in a vacuum. We are in a community that needs our support. We have so far done well with the introduction of the Charity Shield which is helping us give back to communities that support our game.
“As such, we will continue taking a leading role in enforcing Covid-19 prevention measures. We value the guidance from the government and we see the need to help. We are therefore offering to the Ministry of Health our Luwinga Technical Center as a quarantine center during the pandemic,” Nyamilandu said.
The ministry’s spokesperson, Joshua Malango, commended Fam for the gesture, saying all sectors needed to join the fight against the pandemic.
“What Fam has done is very commendable. We are in need of help in various forms if we are to defeat Covid-19. We will sit down to see how best the facility can be utilised. The country is still at a high risk of the disease and we cannot relax,” Malango said.
Football is one of the sports disciplines that have been adversely affected by Covid-19, with local teams struggling to make ends meet as they have been deprived of gate collections which are their major source of revenue.