While observing safety and guidelines, two Malawi Defence Force (MDF) teams have started training in small groups as part of preparations for the new season which is expected to kick off in August.
Government and Football Association of Malawi (Fam) have not given green light for teams to return to training due to Covid-19 pandemic.
But Kamuzu Barracks and Malawi Armed Forces College (Mafco) have started preparations. Both teams confirmed the development in separate interviews.
KB team manager, Frank Banda said the military outfit was training in groups of six players.
“We have divided the players in groups and they are doing drills. The safety of the players and technical officials is of paramount so the medical team is always on the ground to check the players. Once government gives us a go ahead on training, we will start training together as a team,” Banda said.
Government banned sporting events and restricted public gatherings to less 100 on March 20 following the coronavirus pandemic threat. Following the declaration as a State of National Disaster, Football Association of Malawi suspended football activities.
KB would be hoping to replicate the 2016 form when they won their first ever TNM Super League title. The army headquarters outfit has assembled a good squad having signed Gregory Nachipo from Blue Eagles and Hastings Katoma Banda (former Under-20 goalkeeper) from Civo Service United.
Harvey Mkacha, Kelvin Hanganda, Manase Chiyesa, Marshal Maluwa, Sammy Gunda and Sammy Chiponda are some of the reliable players for the KB soldiers.
On his part, Mafco coach Stereo Gondwe also said the Salima-based soldiers started group training on Monday last week.
“We want to keep the players in shape so they are training in small groups. As coaches, we are satisfied with the level of fitness of the players and we hope the players will be ready for the season once football resumes,” Gondwe said.
Mafco retained TNM Super League status after finishing as Chipiku League Premier Division last season. The Salima-based outfit have bolstered their squad with players such as Peter Katsonga and Davie Balaka among others.