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League kickoff doubtful

To start on March 19, paves way for charity bonanza

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Gomezgani Zakazaka

The 2022/ 23 TNM Super League kick-off has been thrown in doubt as authorities intend to shift it to March 19 from 12 to pave way for charity bonanza slated to take place at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

Initially, the league was expected to kick off on February 26 but Super League of Malawi (Fam) in conjunction with Football Association of Malawi (Fam) shifted the date to March 12.

However, stakeholders plan to shift the league kick-off by a week to allow four teams, namely champions Nyasa Big Bullets, runners-up Silver Strikers, third placed Mighty Wanderers and fourth placed Civil Service United, to participate in a charity bonanza.

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Mzika Floods Response has organised the bonanza— whose aim is to raise funds to support the survivors of Tropical Storm Ana, which affected 15 districts.

Sulom President Tiya Somba-Banda could neither confirm nor deny the development saying Fam Competitions Subcommittee would make a determination on the kickoff and bonanza issues.

“The competitions committee is meeting this night [Tuesday night] to discuss and plan how to go about it,” he said.

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The development means the Fam Charity Shield, which was scheduled for Kamuzu Stadium this weekend involving Bullets and Silver, might also be affected.

However, Fam Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka insisted that the football calendar would go as planned.

“The Charity Shield will take place this weekend. The rest of the calendar also remains the same,” Zakazaka said.

The organisers of the two-day bonanza have already sent invitations to the four teams, who will be given appearance fee and accommodation, among others.

Team leader of the grouping Gift Nakhuni confirmed that discussions with Sulom and Fam were at an advanced stage.

“We have sent invitations to the four teams. We are just waiting for the response. More details will be shared during the press conference on Wednesday [today],” Nakhuni said.

Mzika Flood Response is targeting to raise at least K30 million from the two-day bonanza.

However, the grouping urged people to donate items such as food and clothes.

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