Regional football associations (FAs) have stepped up preparations ahead of resumption of their respective leagues in May.
As part of the preparations, the regional FAs over the weekend trained teams in Covid guidelines, having been given permission to start training this week under strict Covid guidelines.
Fam Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka, who is also the association’s Covid desk officer, confirmed the development Sunday.
“We had training in Covid guidelines for Premier Division teams in all the regions. This is part of preparations for the kick off of the leagues. We are hopeful that the regional leagues will be completed by August,” he added.
All the regional leagues will be played under a new format this year to identify champions to be promoted to the TNM Super League.
By adopting the new format, it means the matches will be played at only approved match venues.
The teams will also follow Covid preventive measures, just like Super League teams, including playing matches behind closed doors.
Southern Region Football Association Vice Secretary Kingsley Simbeye said preparations were going on smoothly.
“We do not want to take chances because the games will be played behind closed doors. We want to make sure that all the teams have been trained in Covid guidelines,” Simbeye said.
Northern Region Football Association General Secretary Masiya Nyasulu also said preparations were at an advanced stage ahead of training resumption this week.
The regional leagues have been idle for more than one year due to Covid.
In all the regions, the Premier Division will be played in zones.