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Williams Banda

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) will maintain fixtures that were released before kickoff of the 2020 season was suspended.

The suspension was made after the government announced a ban on all activities that draw gatherings of over 100 people in a bid to control the spread of Covid-19.

The March 20 ban did not go down well with football fans who recently delivered a petition to Football Association of Malawi (Fam), asking for commencement of the new season.

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In response, Fam asked its marketing, competitions and Covid-19 task force to deliberate on the matter.

The three came up with recommendations to the association’s executive committee about a possible commencement of the season in August.

Fam has since asked for guidance from the government on the matter.

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Sulom General Secretary Williams Banda said there would be no major changes to the original TNM Super League fixture that saw reigning champions Nyasa Big Bullets starting their title defence with a showdown against Blue Eagles at Kamuzu Stadium.

Banda said they would make minor changes to accommodate.

Fam competitions and national team engagements.

“As things are now, the fixtures remain unchanged. We have not received any complaint from clubs and we believe they are okay with the status quo. We only have to deal with a few clubs that are asking to play two games when they have travelled so that they save on expenses,” Banda said.

He said they would seek guidance from Fam on competitions that the country’s football governing body would stage this season once the government lifts the ban on sports activities.

“We do not know when our national teams will play their games. But we expect to change the fixtures once we have the national team schedule,” Banda said.

Be Forward Wanderers General Secretary, Victor Maunde, said there was nothing wrong with maintaining fixtures that were released in March.

“Sulom only needs to take a closer look at the fixtures so that they do not clash with national team engagements. The league has clubs that contribute more than five players to the national team and it is unfair to force them to continue playing. But we are okay with maintaining the fixtures as they were released,” Maunde said.

However, Civo Service United General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula, asked Sulom to liaise with clubs before confirming the fixtures.

“Issues of fixtures have been a bone of contention in the past. To avoid this, Sulom should engage all clubs regardless their status as we all play in the same league,” Chiwaula said.

During Fam’s executive committee meeting last Saturday, the association’s General Secretary Alfred Gunda said they would release more details on the commencement of the season upon getting government’s approval.

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