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Taskforce, competitions committee to set the tentative date for football return

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Chimango Munthali

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) taskforce and competitions sub-committee is expected to set a tentative date for the football season to kick off pending approval from relevant authorities.

The Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) banned all sporting activities as precautionary measure to Covid-19 pandemic but there have been calls from some football supporters to resume football in the country to emulate politicians who have breached the safety measures.

Both Competitions sub-committee chairperson Jabba Alide who is also the association’s first vice president and taskforce chairperson Chimango Munthali confirmed that a meeting will take place at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre.

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Munthali said the taskforce would propose a tentative date between today and September for the commencement of the football season which was halted in March due to Covid-19 pandemic.

“We will come up a tentative date for the season. The meeting will come up with measures for the pre-season, trainings for the teams but our proposals will depend on the approvals from the relevant authorities,” Munthali who is the Fam executive member said.

Fam set up a taskforce to assess the impact of Covid-19 on football made several recommendations including establishing a relief fund as a bail out measure to football players and officials.

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On his part, Alide said the meeting will discuss on the progress of the report of the taskforce.

“We will discuss steps and measures towards starting football. But it is not certain that football will resume soon because there are procedures which will be followed. After the meeting, we will present the report to Fam Executive Committee for approval,” Alide said.

On Wednesday, some football fans delivered a petition to Fam president Walter Nyamilandu and gave him a deadline to restart football by May 31. The supporters were led by Be Forward Wanderers supporters’ chairperson Mervin Nkunika and Nyasa Big Bullets supporters’ secretary Mabvuto Chibambo.

Supporters in the Central Region led by Rodrick Chitedze and Kingsley Malaya have also supported the idea of restarting football.

There is renewed hope across the globe that football would be back soon. The Germany’s Bundesliga resumed behind closed doors last week. Burundi became the first African country to resume football with a fixture against Musongati and Athletico Olympic on Wednesday.

In Botswana and Tanzania, football is also expected to resume soon after government eased on lock down.

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