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Fam reviews football calendar

TO START SEASON WITHOUT SPECTATORS—Super League teams

Thokozani Chimbali

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has said its Competitions Committee is reviewing the 2020 football calendar.

This follows the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19’s announcement that sports bodies are free to resume activities from October 17.

Fam president Walter Nyamilandu said there is need for them to go back to the calendar released early this year which did not take into consideration the country’s Covid-19 situation.

“The lifting of the ban offers us hope of starting the season soon.

The approval gives us the leeway to revise the football calendar without necessarily breaching the approved provisions of the protocol. It will be great to start this year with some competitive matches.

“We cannot afford to waste this opportunity by remaining idle. The festive season presents a wonderful opportunity for us to entertain football fans and create a lot of hype and excitement so that we make up for the lost time,” Nyamilandu said.

The association is expected to kick off the season with a Charity Shield contest involving Nyasa Big Bullets, Silver Strikers, Be Forward Wanderers and Blue Eagles before other competitions take centre stage.

The roadmap, which the Task Force approved on Thursday, indicates that training will be allowed from October 17 before test matches a week later.

Teams will then be allowed to play in competitions from 31 October.

However, spectators will not be allowed during both training and matches until advised.

The games will be played at approved venues in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu where crowd control is possible.

Super League teams have also welcomed the lifting of the ban.

Silver Chief Executive Officer, Thokozani Chimbali, said his club was ready to comply with the Covid-19 prevention measures before the resumption of training next month.

“We have already started testing some of our players and technical staff so that we ensure that everyone is safe,” he added.

Fans will only return to stadiums under level three in a gradual process while observing strict preventive measures.

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