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Walter Nyamilandu

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) says it is not too late to salvage the 2020 football season if the government lifts the sports ban between now and October.

Kickoff of the 2020 football season was suspended on March 20 and the government is yet to give the all-clear for the game’s safe return.

Fam president, Walter Nyamilandu, said the football calendar could be revised to accommodate delays caused by the country’s current Covid-19 situation.

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“We can revise our calendar to be in tandem with what happens in Europe and South Africa. It is not too late to revive our dreams and give our fans the much-needed football entertainment.

“They are craving for football like crazy and the players are dying to return to the pitch. We all have missed football badly and we welcome any good gesture that will be extended by the government with open arms,” Nyamilandu said.

He said it would be a missed opportunity if Malawi failed to participate in international competitions scheduled to be played before end of the year.

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“It will be a missed opportunity if we fail to participate in various international competitions lined up before the end of the year. We are just hoping that the government will give us the green light in good time so that we get started. We are in a good position to salvage the football season if we kick off in October, with training resuming in September,” Nyamilandu said.

About three months ago, Fam submitted a road map to the government on the game’s restart.

The association proposed the season’s commencement in August but a surge in Covid-19 cases has shattered hopes of the game returning this month.

The football fraternity is only hoping that government will soften up on some restrictions in September after State President Lazarus Chakwera announced on Saturday that schools could re-open early next month.

Fam expects to send teams to Cosafa competitions after Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) revised its calendar early this month.

The regional football governing body held an executive meeting recently and announced that it expected to organise some of its tournaments before end of the year.

According to the revised calendar, Cosafa intends to have the men’s Cosafa Cup during the October Fifa international transfer window.

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