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Regional football associations are expected to resume their respective leagues next month under a new format.

The associations are racing against time to identify their respective champions for promotion to the TNM Super League.

The new format includes playing matches at approved match venues only in line with Covid prevention measures.

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The regional teams will also play matches behind closed doors just as is the case with Super League teams.

Central Region Football Association Vice General Secretary Antonio Manda said they have divided the teams into six zones.

However, Manda said commencement of their matches will depend on approval from authorities.

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“All things being equal, we expect to identify our league champions by August,” he said.

The league’s Zone A comprises Mitundu Strikers, Luanar, Green Rangers and Silver Strikers Reserve whereas Zone B has Ekas, Kamuzu Barracks Youth, Mtsiliza United and Chitedze.

Airborne Rangers, Mbabzi, Support Battalion and Ngolowindo are in Zone C with Zone D consisting of Kasungu Police, Wimbe, Dwangwa United and Ascent.

Extreme, St Gabriel, Simbi and Mchinji Boma Stars make up Zone E. Zone F has Dedza Dynamos, Ntcheu, Kawinga and Dedza Youth.

Southern Region Football Association Chairperson Raphael Humba said they also expect their Thumbs Up league to kick off next month.

Northern Region Football Association’s Simso League will also be played under a new format.

Fam recently met officials of the regional football associations in Salima District to develop a football restart proposal.

Fam Covid Special Taskforce Chairperson Chimango Munthali said the regional leagues will follow all preventive measures to ensure safety of stakeholders.

The leagues have been idle for more than a year due to the pandemic.

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