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Mafco return to Chitowe

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TNM Super League side Mafco FC is expected to return to Chitowe Stadium in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota District, this weekend after ground owner Illovo Sugar Company allowed resumption of action at the facility.

In January this year, the company closed the ground to sports activities due to the Covid pandemic.

The development forced Mafco to move their first-round Super League home matches to Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

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Mafco Team Manager David Gulaimfa said they were used to playing at Chitowe and asked Illovo to reopen the match venue.

“We wrote Illovo, asking if we could return to the venue we are used to. We got a positive response and forwarded it to Super League of Malawi [Sulom].

“We would like to thank the management of Illovo for allowing us to return. We will make sure that, as we go back to our home, all measures are in place to ensure prevention of coronavirus,” Gulaimfa said.

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He said they expected to get better results at Chitowe, whose weather patterns are similar to their Salima base.

“Of course, the distance to Chitowe is longer compared to Civo but we just needed to go back to where we belong. We have missed our supporters in Dwangwa. We appreciate their role in helping us win matches.

“We will also take advantage of similiraties between weather patterns of Nkhotakota and Salima to win most of our matches at Chitowe,” Gulaimfa said.

Sulom has since acknowledged the development by staging Mafco’s match against fellow soldiers Moyale Barracks at the lakeshore facility on Sunday.

Mafco are ninth in the league, with 22 points from 16 matches, while Moyale lie on position six with 25 points from the same number of matches.

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