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The Ministry of Youth and Sports says it intends to submit a consolidated report to Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 by Tuesday for possible restart of all sporting disciplines in the country.

Experts from the ministry will Monday review a document titled “Preventive Covid-19 Measures on Sports Resumption ahead of its submission to the Presidential Task for the approval.

Spokesperson for the ministry Simon Mbvundula confirmed Sunday that technical committee will discuss the proposed preventive measures before submitting to the Task Force.

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“Our idea is to have consolidated report which include guidelines to be followed by all sporting disciplines once sports return in the country. The recommendations will be sent to the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 so that they access all the proposals and make their determination on the restart of sports,” he said.

The Presidential Task Force holds the key on restart of all sporting disciplines in the country, the task force has given green lights for Airports and schools re-opening next month.

In the initial roadmap, the Ministry of Sports proposed that trainings would resume in the early week of September with the hope of starting the games early October.

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Fam president Walter Nyamilandu was not readily available for his comment Sunday but last week indicated that it was not too late to salvage the season.

Football was suspended in the country in March this year due to Covid-19 pandemic. Unconfirmed reports indicate that football could return in October in Malawi but will only be played in three major cities Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mzuzu.

It is also reported that two games will be played on Saturday and Sunday with the first match at around 12:30 before another match at 3PM. Strict preventive measures will be followed such as players on the bench will be in the designated place in the stand.

The announcement by Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) to stage this year’s tournament in October has put Fam in tight spot. Caf also announced that Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers will take place in November putting more pressure on the associations to resume the game.

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