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Soccer calendar to be revised

TO BANG HEADS—Nyamilandu (right) and Ecobank’s Head of Commercial and Consumer Banking, Victoria Chanza, during a recent press briefing

The suspension of all sporting activities in the country has thrown major football stakeholders in disarray as they need to revise the soccer calendar.

Among others, local football bodies need to agree when to close the transfer deadline and whether the Ecobank Charity Shield should be the first to start ahead of the TNM Super League.

Additionally, local calendar for cups such as Fisd Challenge, Airtel Top 8 and FDH Bank need to be revised.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President, Walter Nyamilandu, said there was no need to stick to the current calendar when all sporting events had been suspended.

“There will be a revision of the football calendar. This means that the Ecobank Charity Shield will also be postponed,” he said.

Meanwhile, Fam Club Licencing and Compliance Manager, Casper Jangale, said they will discuss with Super League of Malawi (Sulom) whether to extend the transfer deadline.

Initially, the transfer deadline was expected to close last Friday.

“Following the development [postponement of the kick-off] it is only right and fair to discuss with Sulom on how to address this. So we can’t make a decision as of now as what will happen to issues concerning transfers,” he said.

Sulom President, Tiya Somba-Banda, said it was too early to decide on various developments as it was not yet clear when the ban will end.

“As it is, affected fixtures will be rescheduled. At the moment we need to discuss with other stakeholders on various issues, including whether it is necessary to extend the transfer window,” he said.

All sporting events, including football have indefinitely been suspended after State President Peter Mutharika declared Malawi as a state of national disaster following coronavirus pandemic which has hit the world.

Most sporting events across the world have been suspended.

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