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Fam welcomes Afcon rescheduling

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Gomezgani Zakazaka

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has said rescheduling of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Cameroon is good to the country’s football calendar.

Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced on Tuesday after a video conference meeting that the continental showpiece had been moved forward by a year from January 2021.

The change could see Malawi national football team playing less than two matches in the Afcon qualifiers this year.

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Fam Competitions and Communications Director, Gomezgani Zakazaka, said rescheduling of the competition would speed up local games if the season commences in August as proposed by Fam.

“If the 2020 football season starts in August as we proposed to the government, we could have local competitions being played without national team disturbances. Of course Caf is yet to announce details of how qualifying matches will be played but I expect the Flames to play in October and November.

“I believe this rescheduling will now work in line with our plan of starting the season in August. Once this works out, we will be in line with Fifa’s calendar just like many countries around the world,” Zakazaka said.

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Fam submitted a roadmap to the Ministry of Sports on commencement of the 2020 season and is waiting for approval.

In turn, the ministry called for a stakeholders’ meeting which is yet to come up with recommendations after meeting about a week ago.

The new season is expected to have about five top local competitions besides national team commitments.

The competitions are Ecobank Charity Shield, TNM Super League, Airtel Top 8 Cup, FDH Bank Cup and Fisd Challenge Cup.

The season’s March 21 kickoff was halted by former president Peter Mutharika who declared a state of national disaster the previous day in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus.

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