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Minister surveys Covi-19 measures at football matches

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe

Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda has said she is impressed with Covid-19 preventive measures at football matches.

Kandodo-Chiponda, who is also cochairperson of Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19, made the remarks after a surprise visit to Civo Stadium during a TNM Super League match involving Civil Service United and TN Stars which ended goal-less on Friday.

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“We will review the guidelines after the Easter Holidays. We really understand that sports fraternity has really suffered due to Covid-19 guidelines. To most of them, sports is a business and they earn a living through it,” she said.

Kandodo-Chiponda said she was impressed that Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and other stakeholders complied with the 50 people public gathering restrictions. Sulom General Secretary Williams Banda hailed the Minister of Health for visiting the stadium to appreciate the situation on the ground.

“We commend them for allowing us to continue with the games during the Easter Holidays. We will engage them and we will continue to adhere to Covid-19 preventive measures in all the match venues,” Banda said.

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As part of the football restart proposal, all matches are played behind closed doors while those present at football matches are expected to put on face masks and also observe social distance.

The TNM Super League matches resumed on Friday after a three-month break due to surge in Covid-19 cases. Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 gave clearance to Football Association of Malawi (Fam) to allow 98 people attend the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) match involving Malawi and Uganda at Kamuzu Stadium last week.

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