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Season change to affect teams

Some of the teams in the top flight league have confessed that bringing forward the 2020 season kick-off date from April to March will affect their preparations plan.

Interestingly, some teams also believe they will spend more money following the change.

TNM Super League champions, Nyasa Big Bullets, Chief Administration Officer, Albert Chigoga, said teams must revisit their plan to make adjustments.

“Yes it [the change] does affect us in some way. Teams ought to adjust their plans in the light of the shift. If we planned to start preparations mid-February it means we have to move slightly back and start our preparations earlier. I don’t expect any effect budget-wise,” he said.

Last season’s league runners-up, Be Forward Wanderers Team Manager, Victor Maunde, said they need to make new plans to accommodate the change.

“Basically our preparations will begin once we elect new office bearers. The onus will be on the new executive to decide when to start preparations. At first we were taking our time since we knew that the season will start in April,” he said.

Ntopwa FC Technical Director, Isaac Jomo Osman, said the change was late and it will affect the side in terms of budget and preparations.

“In terms of the budget it means we have to source extra funds to make up for the additional month. Our preparations have to start earlier to finish everything we planned,” he said.

Mzuni Warriors General Secretary, Donnex Chilonga, feared that the team will suffer following the change.

“The change means our preparations plans will be affected because we are starting earlier than expected. We also need more funds,” he said.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has shifted the kickoff from April to March following its executive committee meeting held at Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi on Wednesday.

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