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Football restart project top Fam exco meeting

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Alfred Gunda

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Executive Committee is today expected to approve the joint committee draft roadmap on the planned resumption of football in August.

Fam Competitions and Marketing and Fam Covid-19 Taskforce joint meeting held in Blantyre last week developed a high-level road map to restart football in August after the season was halted on March 20, just a day before the kick off. This was after President Peter Mutharika declared a State of National Disaster in the country.

After the meeting today, the taskforce will be given mandate to meet Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) for further consultation on the resumption of football.

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Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda said the discussion on the draft road map would be top of the agenda.

“The taskforce recommendations will be discussed by the Executive Committee. There are also some other important issues which will be discussed during the meeting,” Gunda said.

Fam taskforce chairperson, Chimango Munthali said the draft roadmap will be subject to approval of the Executive Committee before further action.

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“The meeting will guide us and also provide other suggestions before the next steps towards the resumption of football,” he added.

The Fam Covid-19 Taskforce also set September as deadline to start the season. Fam will also revise the football calendar. The football season in the country usually starts in March or April to December. Football clubs have been hugely affected by the suspension of football as some use money from gate revenue to supplement their budgets.

There is glimmer of hope in the world as some leagues have set a date for the resumption while the German Bundesliga has already restarted.

Burundi became the first country in Africa to resume football while Tanzania, Botswana and Angola might also follow suit. The Council for Southern Africa Football Association (Cosafa) is set to revise the calendar to allow competitions take place this year.

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