Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has warned clubs to engage team doctors during games and at training.
Sulom urged the clubs following an incident that nearly marred the TNM Super League match between Azam Tigers and Blue Eagles at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.
A Tigers player, Peter Cholopi, sustained a head injury that required immediate medical attention, however, his club had no doctor on this particular day.
This prompted Blue Eagles team doctor to help treat Cholopi.
Sulom vice president, Daud Suleman, said it was necessary for teams to have team doctors all the times.
“It is a necessity for teams to have doctors all the times. They should not risk playing without a team doctor. The doctor must also be fully equipped with first aid kit box,” he said.
Suleiman said Sulom would soon meet all Super League teams to discuss the issue thoroughly before outlining punishments for those that would disregard the call.
“We need to know what stops the teams from using team doctors and what we can do. If it is negligency appropriate action will follow,” he said.
Tigers technical director, Robin Alufandika, said it was unfortunate that the team doctor was not available for the match.
“Our team doctor was deployed to a certain hospital, unfortunately, because of bad network he got the message a bit late. This coupled with transport problems he was unable to arrive on time. However, we had our first aid kit with us,” he said.
Recently, Sulom introduced players’ medical cover initiative in partnership with Medical Aid Society of Malawi (Masm).
The introduction of the medical cover was fast-tracked following the death of Flames and Big Bullets defender Douglas Chirambo last month, who struggled to get medical treatment for a brain tumour.
Recently, Sulom indicated that the majority of teams in the league were yet to embrace the medical cover initiative.
Only Silver Strikers, Mzuni FC and Surestream FC had submitted their application forms as of last week.
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