Football supporters can afford a smile after Super League of Malawi (Sulom) said fans would be allowed back into stadiums.
This follows High Court’s ruling restraining the Presidential Committee on Covid-19 from effecting the 100 maximum public gathering restriction.
The High Court in Lilongwe, sitting on Thursday, gave the order after some musicians, namely Skeffa Chimoto, Dan Lufani, William and Ephraim Zonda of Great Angels Choir among others obtained an injunction on the matter.
The injunction calls for an inter-party hearing on December 31.
Sulom Vice General Secretary Zacharia Nyirenda said supporters were free to watch games as the body will abide by the ruling.
“Sulom is a humble and law abiding body so we will respect the court order which gives us freedom to re-unite with our fans,” he said.
The body’s president Tiya Somba Banda also posted similar remarks on social media.
“Kindly note that as a law abiding entity, Sulom will comply with the court order just as we have been complying with other statutory regulations,” Banda posted.
Meanwhile, Nyasa Big Bullets Supporters Director Stone Mwamadi called on fellow supporters to grace the Peoples Team’s game against Moyale Barracks.
“We are very grateful to the courts for giving us relief. We love cheering our team, it is part of our life. We also thank those that went to the court seeking justice. They have helped football fans to watch games,” he said.
Be Forward Wanderers National Supporters Chairperson Mervin Nkunika, while welcoming the news, said it was also disturbing as some supporters were confused on whether the games would be watched.
“Some supporters had changed plans for the weekend after it was earlier announced that the government had restricted public gathering to 100 people.
“Of course it is good that supporters will be allowed to watch football and support their teams again,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nyasa Big Bullets Head Coach Kalisto Pasuwa has said his charges must be on top of their game to collect maximum points against struggling Moyale Barracks at Kamuzu Stadium this afternoon.
Bullets are yet to register a win at home this season in two matches after goal-less draw against Blue Eagles and 3-all draw against leaders Red Lions.
This afternoon’s match provides Pasuwa’s troops with a perfect opportunity to get first maximum points at home this season.
However, it will not be a stroll in the pack for Bullets as Moyale have potential to cause upset to any team despite their awful start to the season.
Pasuwa, who is aiming for third consecutive title with Bullets, made it clear it was not time to underrate opponents.
“Every team when playing against Bullets they put maximum effort so we must be cautious. Last season , we struggled to beat them but this time we also need to be composed in front of goal,” the Zimbabwean said.
In this encounter, Bullets will be without Ben Manyozo and Peter Banda, Captain John Lanjesi and Chimango Kaira due to injuries.
But Pasuwa has a big squad available for selection this afternoon with the likes of Hassan Kajoke and Chimwemwe Idana hoping to make a mark.
On the part of Moyale, they would be looking for the first win of the season having lost two matches in three opening matches.
Moyale Coach Collins Nkuna believes the players were in right frame of mind ahead of the match.
“This could be a turning point for us. I have seen improvement in the players and I am confident that we will get a positive result,” he said.
Currently, Bullets are on position eight with five points from four matches whereas Moyale are second from bottom with one point from three matches.
Nkuna has travelled with a strong squad comprising Gastin Simkonda, Lloyd Njaliwa and Boyboy Chima.
In another match today, second placed Ntopwa will host Mafco at Mpira Stadium whereas Lions will face Karonga United at Karonga Ground.
Civil Service United will meet Kamuzu Barracks at Civo Stadium whereas Silver Strikers are away in Mzuzu facing Mzuzu Warriors at Mzuzu Stadium.
Lions top the league standing with 11 points from five matches followed by Ntopwa with nine points from four matches whereas Silver are third with seven points from the same number of matches.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.