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Foreign-based Flames players await season resumption

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South African and Europe-based Malawi national football team stars continue the long wait for return to action as other leagues across the world resume games.

Germany’s Bundesliga has been in action for about three weeks while Spain’s La Liga is set to restart tonight. England’s Premiership is scheduled to resume on June 17.

Sports activities are still suspended in most countries across the world, including Malawi, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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In South Africa, Flames defenders Limbikani Mzava and Denis Chembezi, and attackers Gerald Phiri Jnr, Gabadinho Mhango, Richard Mbulu and Chawanangwa Kaonga were expected to return to action this weekend.

However, according to an online magazine in South Africa the soccerzela.com, South Africa Football Association president Danny Jordaan made it clear that both the association and Premier Soccer League do not know when returning to action would be possible.

Jordaan stated that the South African government had given the strict social distancing conditions that have been laid out in stage three of that country’s lockdown.

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“There is still the question of social distancing and a lot of medical issues. Basically, the same environment will prevail for the matches as well. However, it is dependent upon the government whenever we move out of level three to level two or level one and we don’t know when that will happen but for that reason, the meeting decided that we must engage with the minister to get an understanding of and how the government is viewing the matter,” Jordaan was quoted as saying.

Mzava, who plays for Highlands Park, said they were told that there would be no football in stage three of the lockdown.

“We will continue waiting until we are told to return. We expected to return to training this week but on Thursday, we heard that there is still no football in stage three of the lockdown. For now, we continue to train from our respective homes as we hope for a return to action,” Mzava said.

In Europe, Charles Petro who plays for Moldova side Sherrif FC, said he was told that the 2020 season could start on June 20.

Petro said in light of this development, they returned to training a fortnight ago.

“As I am talking to you now, I am coming from a morning training session and all is going according to plan,” he said.

Georgian side Dira Gori FC’s attacker, Francisco Madinga, said they were expected to kick off the season this weekend but there had been a change.

“They told us that the season was supposed to start this Saturday but we have been advised that the season’s tentative kick off date is June 25. So we are living like that,” Madinga said.

Madinga and Petro signed for Gori and Sherriff in January and February, respectively

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