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Fam sets football return deadline

The future of the season to be decided by September 30

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Gomezgani Zakazaka

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has said the 2020 season would be considered lost if government does not give consent to return of sports proposal by September 30.

The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 is yet to decide when sporting activities will resume in the country after indicating that it would consider a consolidated report on return of sports in the country from the Ministry of Sports.

Fam’s Director of Media and Competitions Gomezgani Zakazaka said they will wait for clearance up to September 30 before cancelling the season.

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“We will wait for the government to communicate to us on football return. If government does not give us consent by September 30 then we will call off the season. Nonetheless, we are still hopeful that they will come back to us within this period,” he said.

Recently some Super League teams captains penned Fam and Super League of Malawi (Sulom) to inquire about football return.

Nyasa Big Bullets legend Fischer Kondowe expressed dissatisfaction with the way the ministry is handling football return issues amid Covid-19 pandemic.

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However, football analyst George Kaudza Masina said government should not be pushed into restarting football or other sporting activities following the current situation of coronavirus.

“I would advise our brothers who love football including those at Fam to simply forget the 2020 season and start planning for next year. Football was suspended in March when we had no single case. Now we have over five thousand cases with deaths over 160. Do you think it is proper to restart football now?” Masina asked.

On Monday Football Players Association (FPA) General Secretary Ernest Mangani called on government to act quickly on football return as a lot of players were suffering.

“While we appreciate all efforts for being undertaken by responsible authorities on the matter we request a speedy process,” he said.

It is yet to be seen whether football will return or not in the country.

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